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The value of rest

It's nice to know I wasn't the only one bothered by a recent commercial. Even if the ad wasn't meant entirely seriously (Brigid Schulte, who wrote the essay I linked to, describes the company spokesman's characterization as "playful"), Schulte's essay raises a bunch of serious points about the way we live.

Workaholicism is still seen as a virtue in this country, but my New Year's resolution for the past several years has been to power down occasionally, to try to cram less into my schedule. Last summer I made time to read on my porch for an hour here, a half hour there--something I'd been wanting to do ever since we got this house--and I was giddy with triumph. I think I had to forgo a couple of chores to make time for that, but right now I couldn't tell you what they were.

Most of the writers I know will also recognize the truth in this statement by Schulte: " ... inspiration comes in the shower, on a walk, in a moment of rest, not when your nose is to the grindstone. It’s just the way our brains are wired."


It's all about balance, otherwise it's drudgery and how can anything good come from that?
I would love to see our society get away from the mindset that working oneself into the ground is a virtue.