Archives for A Better Perspective
Holiday gatherings reunited me with friends, family and colleagues. After hugs and “great to see you,” I used the common conversation starter, “So, what’s going on with you?” Answers included:
“Working hard, going nowhere.”
“Well, you know, my life is all about the kids.”
“Not much of anything.”
“Same ole’, same ole.”
This is not how everyone responded. The theme [...]
In the third debate, the President’s history lesson -“we don’t use bayonets and horses”- prompted big buzz, smiles and controversy. But, although billed as a last resort, bayonets still do play a part in military arms, just not a significant one.
Another idea – a killer idea – also steeped in history moves toward a possible [...]
Often the best outcome of the sabbatical experience is returning to your job uplifted, energized and recommitted. At the core of this payoff is re-discovering true passion. For it is passion that fuels creativity and energy, propelling us forward with a sense of purpose and self-identity.
Admitting we have lost passion for our work isn’t easy. [...]
Can you remember the last bad day you had? The one where the future seemed dimly lit and you felt frustrated not knowing what to tackle first? Well, today’s mine.
Bad mood and overwhelmed, I feel my life has a thousand loose ends and the dragon that will slay the fears of my future is at [...]
Over a cup of coffee at Folly Beach, a wise friend told me what I needed to hear.
I’ve experienced several major changes in my life during the last six months, including putting a home I’ve owned for 13 years on the market and moving to another state. I told my friend that I feel as [...]
So far this week I counted my blessings twice and neither time lasted longer than it takes to scroll down my home’s digital thermostat so I can be cooler.
Sunday night’s bedside reading about the dire straits of Haitians 6-months post earthquake (The New York Times, cover story, July 11,2010) regurgitated Monday night by Katy Couric on [...]
Maybe you never thought of writing an ode to your sabbatical experience. This kind of lyric poem often praises people, the arts, natural scenes, or abstract concepts (or most any common thing, as you will discover).
Having just read 25 odes – one a night for the last month – I propose that instead of telling your [...]
This was the title of an article in last Saturday’s Wall Street Journal. Two experts answered the question. Clay Shirky says “Smarter”. Nicholas Carr argues “Dumber”.
I was struck by some of Carr’s thinking, especially this: “…a growing body of evidence suggests that the Net, with its constant distractions and interruptions, is also turning us into [...]
Toward the end of dinner last evening, the three couples I was among discovered our ages spanned 36 years – from a 38-year-old to a 74-year-old. While our conversation had included what everyone did for a living and what one might do should their employer ever offer them a sabbatical (a dog sled adventure, ballroom [...]
Taking a sabbatical is an ideal activity for a Life Entrepreneur. It gives you a chance to explore new parts of yourself, learn something different, engage in activities that will allow you to return to work renewed and re-energized. In looking back at my life, I can see that I have been a committed “short [...]
In 2006, then-struggling American indie folk singer-songwriter Justin Vernon left North Carolina with a broken heart and retreated to his father’s remote cabin in Northwestern Wisconsin. There, he recorded the songs that would become Bon Iver’s debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago, playing all the instruments himself. In isolation, Vernon says, he was able [...]
How long will you live? Stop dithering and find out.
This calculator will change your life -http://calculator.livingto100.com/calculator or change the way you think about work and retirement.
No matter how old or busy you are, you’ll anticipate that number popping up at the end – the one that tells you (based on genetics, health, stress, etc.,) how [...]
We’re often asked about the staying power of sabbaticals. Can a sabbatical experience change a person? Yes. How long will the person be different? Forever and ever.
Not every sabbatical holds this status. If you lolly around and fritter away the time doing stuff that doesn’t mean very much to you, you’ll stay about the [...]
One of the best post-sabbatical outcomes for me, personally and professionally, was a significant improvement (think C+ to A+) in my ability to make quick decisions. Although learning how to push a little boat through the water for six months never made my daughter and me great sailors, we changed in other ways. That [...]
In the brave new world we in which we will soon live, when this chaos is over, significant changes will prevail. Will life be more complex? Will we downsize life as easily as we choose (as predicted) less square footage in our new homes? Will we work less; sabbatical more? Or will we choose a [...]
Sabbaticals (or career breaks) are a strong, hot and growing trend. The benefits of sabbaticals for companies and individuals are lauded. Sabbatical stories inspire us to want one of our own. But, there is one sabbatical you do not want – ever. The one Steve Jobs is on.
An individual’s choice to go on sabbatical does [...]
The sales and share price of McDonald’s have soared in the past six years. “I’ve been an analyst for 18 years, and I’ve never recommended a stock for this long in my life,” said David Kolpak. “It’s been an amazing ride.” (NY Times, January 11, 2009)
It wasn’t always so. At the beginning of 2003, McDonald’s [...]
Technically it’s still the beginning of 2009 meaning a chance to really resolve how things will be better in your life exists. Changing to a sabbatical mindset doesn’t mean you’ll actually take a break from your work this year. It just means you can start thinking differently. It’s possible, you know.
The story goes that in [...]
The 4-Hour Work Week inspires sabbatical mindset
Although life is a journey, mine has some structure and includes several strict routines. Music routine: Listening to Harry Chapin on rainy Saturdays, good loud bluegrass on Sunday mornings, followed by Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell in the afternoons – also with the volume up.
If you don’t know this music, hang on. Despite our differences [...]