Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Pump up the Vitamin C

In order to make this crazy world work for you and not against you, you must decide what matters to you most and focus your attention on that. - from Crazy Busy by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.

I had the great fortune to hear Harvard-educated psychiatrist Ned Hallowell speak this past Sunday. He's brilliant and eloquent, kind-hearted and totally down-to-earth. While he's written several excellent books, probably the best-known is Crazy Busy. Here are just a few nuggets of insight from his talk:

1. We are conditioned not to linger, ponder, reflect, go deeper.

2. If we are not careful, our lives will become superficialized.

3. Nothing can match the human moment. It is 1000x more powerful than an electronic moment. Make judicious use of it. Commit to connecting to one another.

4. We need daily megadoses of Vitamin C (connect!) which is free and infinite. It helps us feel better, live longer, sleep better and do better at work, school, etc.

5. Getting rid of anger and resentment frees you for other things.

6. Saying 'no' allows for 'yes' to things that matter most to you. Just one cancellation can offer rejuvenation.

7. The biggest change in our world today is the obliteration of boundaries.

8. Your pain can be your biggest source of learning. Befriend it.

9. Create time. If you don't take control of your time, it will be taken from you.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Looks like a great read- It's on my to-get list.