What I'm Reading, Vol. Twenty-Seven

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Busy Trap (via The New York Times)
Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration -- it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.

Downsize: Pursuing the Intangible (via Darling Magazine)
Let's not allow those stacked recipe books we intended to cook from become the dinner we never made time for. Let's not let the wall art reminding us to "seize opportunities when they reveal themselves" or "be the change you wish to see in the world" become mere sentences we ignore on our way to another shopping spree. Let's aim to keep those pricey throw pillows from becoming cozy nights in we failed to create. Let's downsize where we dwell and make room for our dreams.

Stop Perfecting: Move Before You Are Ready (via 99u)
Move before you are ready...Most people wait too long to go into action, generally out of fear. They want more money or better circumstances. You must go the opposite direction and move before you think you are ready. It is as if you are making it a little more difficult for yourself, deliberately creating obstacles in your path. But it is a law of power that your energy will always rise to the appropriate level. When you feel that you must work harder to get to your goal because you are not quite prepared, you are more alert and inventive. This venture has to succeed and so it will.

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