Thursday, January 26, 2012

In The Manic Whirlwind

Grand Central Clock #1
Grand Central, last month

This is an older article, but new to me: writer Anne Lamott discusses how to find the time to live a significant, lovely life.

The parts I found most convicting?
" have to grasp that your manic forms of connectivity—cell phone, email, text, Twitter—steal most chances of lasting connection or amazement. That multitasking can argue a wasted life. That a close friendship is worth more than material success."
"They look at me bitterly now—they don’t think I understand. But I do—I know how addictive busyness and mania are. But I ask them whether, if their children grow up to become adults who spend this one precious life in a spin of multitasking, stress, and achievement, and then work out four times a week, will they be pleased that their kids also pursued this kind of whirlwind life
If not, if they want much more for their kids, lives well spent in hard work & savoring all that is lovely, why are they living this manic way?"

1 comment:

Sonja said...

Wow, that's hard-hitting. I never would have thought about that, but that line of thought is probably a good way for you to test if you're living out the things you think you prioritize. Hmm...