Idle Time

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You are neglected like a red-headed step child. You are out of sight, out of mind. Coincidentally, i’ve been receiving blogs in my inbox, in which I’d forgotten I signed up for, because they’ve been on summer hiatus; so that’s what I’ll chalk this up to. Now as September wanes,  let’s do as the French and à la rentrée (the idiom to return back to school after summer)

It is about time. How we spend it. Priorities. Selfishness prevails, every time.

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The ancient Greeks had two words for time: chronos and kairos. Chronos is clock time. It moves sequentially. It is linear. We can calculate it. Kairos is about moments — strictly speaking, moments of opportunity — and there is no clock for kairos. I’ve always considered luck to be when the opportunity shows up and you are prepared. There are always options and opportunities. Are we always in the right place at the right time? No. Get there. I’ve been working on getting there.

There are things in our environments which we ignore, either because it’s inconvenient to deal with or it isn’t immediately conflicting with our day to day lives (illness, termites, car repairs) If you knew disaster was imminent, would you really relocate? If you lived in Miami and the Katrina disaster in New Orleans was inevitably going to reoccur in Miami, would you move? We constantly chance a lot of things in life, like unsafe sex. (yes this still occurs, even in the apparently ‘pre-tested’ porn actors world; apparently an outbreak is happening) ((not playing a tiny violin for them))

In the opposite vein, let’s imagine a better world. I LOVE Malcolm Gladwell, geeky geeky love, and anxiously awaiting his new book. You can pre-order it too.

The ‘Busy’ Trap

“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.”

out of the opinion page in the New York Times by Tim Kreider

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