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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."
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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.