White space in our lives

Stumbled upon this article by Tony Schwartz.

Tony Schwartz is the chief executive of the Energy Project and the author, most recently, of “Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys to Transforming the Way We Work and Live”

“The most important thing you need to do is to have big chunks of time during the day when all you’re doing is thinking.” – President Obama, caught on an open mike during a stroll with Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain in 2008

Instead, we too often view the opposite of “doing” as “not doing,” and then demonize inaction. In fact, good judgment grows out of reflection, and reflection requires the sort of quiet time that gets crowded out by the next demand.

Regular reflection also provides the space in which to decide what not to do.

We need less conventional wisdom and more genuine wisdom; less sheer output and more insights that add enduring value.

We need more white spaces in our lives. Lately have began missing the quiet time…

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