Time To Think

I think we often need time to think. We need to give ourselves the space to let our minds wander. For me, coming to the end of my university degree, I’ve time and space to decide what I want to do next and what I want my path ahead to look like. Sometimes, when we’re [...]

The Gift of Presence

I've written about this before, but I sometimes struggle to be present with others. I always look back on these days and kick myself for missing Quality Time because I've been distracted, stressed or "elsewhere" in my thoughts. It was a close friend's birthday recently, and I tried hard to make the day memorable. I [...]

Keeping Busy IV: Obsessed With Hard Work?

In my first ‘Monthly Update’, I recommended the book If I Could Tell You Just One Thing by Richard Reed. Something that I’ve noticed as I’ve been reading is that a lot of the quotes from famous, successful people have been about hard work. I don’t doubt that these people are incredibly ‘successful’ in the material sense [...]

Keeping Busy II

Since the start of the second university semester, I’ve found myself reflecting on busyness again. A few weeks ago, I was finding my love again for languages by studying my own methods. But since seminars and lectures have started again, I’ve found my days filled up with these ‘obligations', deadlines and meetings. This is all [...]

Keeping Busy

I previously wrote about how Western culture associates busyness with importance. Yet, this was not a criticism of hard work. Many people have to work hard out of fear; to provide for their families and put food on the table. We live in an economic system where many families live paycheque to paycheque. But just as we [...]

“Being Busy Being Important”

We live in a (Western) culture that values being busy and ‘busyness’.  When people ask us how we are, we want to answer: “keeping busy”. We associate being busy with importance. If we’re not seen to be busy, we’re either lazy or unimportant. Being busy being (self-)important Being busy is something we strive for. We [...]