It's Friday. Time to step away from the keyboard.
Not me. You. In my life, my escape, my getaway, my vacation is the keyboard and the words (my notebooks too). Thinking about words. Reading words. Writing words. No stress. No anxiety. It's my own, personal, breath of fresh air. I feel my lungs expand, when I read something about life that I did't know. I feel my lungs contract, when I'm able to put some words to my thoughts, and share them with you. Two places that have been inspiring me for quite some time have been the writing of Alain de Botton (I believe that Julien Smith from Breather turned me on to him, when he dropped off The Pleasures And Sorrows Of Work for me to read one day, many years ago). It's one of those magical books that I often go back to, just to rifle through some pages (apologies, Julien, if you wanted that one back ;). And, The School of Life.
Pushing beyond the words.
In 2008, de Botton along with a few partners open up The School of Life. A real school. One free of politics and religion, where individuals can learn some of the most important skill-sets that they do not teach us in school (sadly). Classes and workshops revolve around themes like improving your relationships, finding more satisfaction in your working life and even a course on how to spend time alone. It's fascinating stuff. The kind of stuff that might have been considered fluffy or new age-y not all that long ago. In today's age, it feels like the most important things that we can teach our children... and ourselves. Did you know about The School of Life? Have you been following Alain de Botton's work?
Three simple things to watch...
- Digital Sabbath. If you're going to unplug to do these things, I'm all for a Digital Sabbath. If you're going to make a real attempt, don't unplug at all, but simply turn of all of your notifications, and set strict rules for how you manage your technology, instead of the other way around.
- Alain de Botton on How to Live Wisely in the Digital Age. A wonderful forty-five minute presentation on how to truly live in a connected world, where - for most of us - our jobs now transcend everything about who we are and how we connect to people... always.
- Calm. Perspective is everything. I'm just as anxious as the next person, while being fully aware that the act of being calm, finding calm and searching out calm needs to play a major role in all of our daily lives.
Now, how do you feel?