Category Archives: Strategies

On the importance of a ‘Sanity Project’

It’s too easy to get lost in the pressures of the ‘rat-race’ – there are bills to be paid, children to be educated, older generations to be looked after in their autumn years and many more. To maintain their sanity everybody has their own strategies. There is the book readers (I used to be one of them), the party animal, the couch potato, …

For me there tends to me (at least) one ‘Sanity Project’ that allows me to take a break from current pressures and realities and take a (short) break. This very website is one of those projects allowing some time to read up on and share things of interest. I often get comments like ‘how can you relax by doing more ?’, but I guess this must have to do with my personality type. Not all (in fact too many) of my sanity project actually involve physical activity they generally have a few things in common:

  • inexpensive
  • in line with (at least one) passion
  • quickly done
  • very enjoyable

Looking at the success of the revival of the various “hacker” or “maker” spaces there seems to be some revival of this. There are plenty of resources out there on these topic. Some great starting points are in the following list.

One Australian organisation I joined recently the Institute of Backyard Studiess is trying to revive the old tradition of ‘inventing’ things in sheds.

A recent addition to the SlowTech Google+ Community has also been an interesting read on a similar line. http://www.andrewwillner.com/2013/07/preserving-the-past-to-serve-the-future/

What is your favorite ‘Sanity Project’ ?
Do you have too many ‘Sanity Projects’ ?

Love to get some comments on this one. Feel free to chip in !

Wise words from a Korean hermit

HWANG Daekwon

Came across this article in SlowJapan which is definitely worth the read:

… It was a true savior for Mr. HWANG Daekwon when he figured out how to spend his slowly running time in jail for 13 years, which is to observe plants, herbs and weeds around. It also helped him to restore and maintain his mental and physical health respectively from the deep-rooted anger and injury incurred by severe torture. …

http://slowjapan.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/a-hermit-from-korea-talks-about-life-and-death/

Resources

Amazon Books by Hwang Daekwon

How to Fix Your Soul

This is an older piece of a great economist thinker (Umair Haque) I came around recently. It’s a year old, but as relevant as ever. If you haven’t read it – do yourself a favor and head to the link below and read the article.

And if you’re a user of Twitter – follow @umairh. Often good for a provocative statement or two. But always good to make you stop and think.

So much human potential squandered for such a significant chunk of time in a life; so much time spent grinding one’s wheels can, it’s true, exhaust one’s fuel for living; can come to leave one feeling stuck in the existential desert. So what happens now? More of the same — a perma-crisis whose human toll on you and I seems to be a kind of crisis-malaise, a habituation to human heartache, the dulling of the once-razor-sharp edge of what could have been? Is that it — all there is, for us, this “lost” generation?

Original blog: Umair Haque – Harvard Business Review

Solitude

I came across this article recently: The business case for solitude

solitude

Personally solitude is an important part of being able to recharge and every time I do not have the chance to find it over longer periods things are starting to go downhill. Recognising this seems an important consideration not just for business owners themselves, but ensuring that all members of the organisation.

The article refers to a number of key points, but the one’s that resonate most are:

  • Hear yourself
  • Get clarity
  • Renew purpose

Overall a highly recommended article ! Enjoy during some quiet time !