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."