Sunday, March 30, 2014

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."


  1. Oh, man, I LOATHED that commercial, AND the repulsively smug guy that I guess we were supposed to be admiring/envying! "Playful?" No way Cadillac was being tongue-in-cheek. That jerk and his fancy toys were being presented as an ideal toward which we should strive, as opposed to what he really represents: ostentatious, self-congratulating self-interest. Thanks so much for this post and the cite to that article!

    1. Personally, if I could make the choice between a new car or two more weeks of vacation per year, vacation would win every time. :-)