In a recent speech to graduating students at Tufts University, Anne-Marie Slaughter talked about the importance of slowing down. She said:
“Celebrate idleness. Yes, idleness. (…) our greatest insights and discoveries come not when we are doubling down staring at a computer screen or into a microscope, but when we sit back, rub our eyes, go for a walk, read a book, or give our children a bath. Isaac Newton did not discover gravity in a laboratory. He was sitting under a tree. The physicist Richard Feynman did his Nobel Prize winning work when he was watching students spinning plates in the cafeteria. Often you must slow down for your mind to speed up.”
You can read the full speech here – it is very good!
I am looking at my small garden. It has been very neglected – there is overgrown grass and weeds everywhere. Maybe I should pause work on this paper about co-creation, which is progressing so slowly that it is actually painful. I could tidy up the garden, instead. Who knows?! Maybe the paper will become unstuck if I stop thinking about it…