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I stumbled upon an article in the Opinion pages of the New York Times that is a month old but I needed to discover it today. And here’s why… After recently starting this blog, I’ve put myself under some pressure to make sure it is active. I had set a goal to post a decent piece at least once a week.

But now I find myself on the eve of a 2 week vacation to the shores of Big Rideau Lake feeling some pressure that I didn’t make the time this week to write a respectable essay nor a thoughtful reflection. But after reading “The Busy Trap”, I feel fully exonerated and ready to enjoy my weeks of refreshment.

Author Tim Kreider speaks of the beauty of idleness…

“Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration — it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.”

So off to the lake I shall go; to read, rest and be refreshed. I am delighted to escape the Busy Trap! More to follow in a couple weeks…


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  1. nook.

    Jul 26, 2012  at 10:38 PM

    i don’t know why, but i only just realized you had a blog! this is fabulous! and i really loved your post today. and it makes me realize how important it is to take time to rest, and relax. enjoy your time at the cottage! i wish i were there with you! xo rebecca


    • Jane

      Jul 27, 2012  at 10:38 PM

      Thanks Rebecca! Remember when it was you jumping off the dock like that?


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