I followed through with my plan to take it easy last week. More time was spent reading and thinking than participating in physical activities. I’m not sure the shoulder is much better, but I am giving it a bit more time until I consider going back to the doctor.
One book that caught my attention last week was “The Art of the Good Life”. This book contains 52 suggestions for making life more enjoyable. It’s an easy read with short chapters. I found most of the advice very practical, especially since I have experienced many of the things discussed in this book. The concept of focusing illusion was particularly interesting to me. Excerpts from the book state the following, “Nothing in life is as important as you think it is while you are thinking about it”. “When you compare things (cars, careers, holiday destinations), you tend to focus on one aspect particularly closely, neglecting the hundred other factors. You assign this one aspect inordinate significance because of the focusing illusion. You believe this aspect is more critical than it really is.” I know I have been guilty of doing this. Maybe this is why they say to sleep on big decisions. The author of this book also has a TED talk and it can be found here. I totally agree with the topic of this talk which is turning off the news. I did this when we got rid of live TV and it’s made a world of positive difference.
A short and sweet post this week. Hope you enjoy it!