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1501 quotes have been tagged as solitude: Criss Jami: ‘A lonely day is God's way of saying that he wants to spend some quality time with you.’, Rudyard K...
quotes  solitude 
6 days ago by citybuddha
A Life in Airplane Mode: Pico Iyer’s “Autumn Light” - Los Angeles Review of Books
A recovery of our private life might necessarily go hand in hand with recovering our public one. It is thus understandable, and perhaps hardly fortuitous, that Iyer has come to appreciate the private life and has found his authentic self within the territory of a highly functioning and organized state. Iyer does not have an answer to the question of the relationship between public and private domains; indeed, that is not really his question. At a time when most of us are preoccupied with the public sphere, his turn to the private realm calls on us to not only recognize the promise of this realm but also to consider the relationship between both domains. An appreciation of this relationship is an ambitious task, but books like Autumn Light encourage such an inquiry, and simply posing the question holds more promise of understanding our world than the solutions that are usually on offer.
essay  solitude 
7 weeks ago by amkelly
Americans Were Lonely Long Before Technology
excerpt from the book Bored Lonely Angry Stupid

"Worse, many began to blame themselves for feeling lonely. Twentieth-century Americans heard repeatedly that their social isolation and business failures were due not to the inherent sorrow of the human condition or divine will, but to their inability to develop a likable self. Success writers told aspiring businessmen that to prosper in the corporate world, they must cultivate vast networks of friends."
loneliness  solitude  technology  culture  usa 
september 2019 by skwak
May Sarton on solitude and its interplay with relationships
> “That is what is strange—that friends, even passionate love, are not my real life unless there is time alone in which to explore and to discover what is happening or has happened. Without the interruptions, nourishing and maddening, this life would become arid. Yet I taste it fully only when I am alone.”
may-sarton  solitude  intimacy  friendship 
july 2019 by jasdev
Climbing the mountain
> There are more interesting views in the foothills.
austin-kleon  scotland  mountains  edinburgh  solitude  crowds  via:jasdev 
july 2019 by cdzombak
Climbing the mountain
> There are more interesting views in the foothills.
austin-kleon  scotland  mountains  edinburgh  solitude  crowding 
june 2019 by jasdev
Why 4 a.m. Is the Most Productive Hour
August 23, 2016 | WSJ | By Hilary Potkewitz.

Most people who wake up at 4 a.m. do it because they have to—farmers, flight attendants, currency traders and postal workers. Others rise before dawn because they want to......Even though he knows productivity experts say doing email first thing in the morning expends prime mental energy on busywork, Mr. Perry says clearing his inbox curbs his anxiety. “I feel I get a head start on everybody,” he says......Executives have often touted the benefits of an early morning start. Apple chief executive Tim Cook, known for being among first in the office and the last to leave, starts his morning routine at 3:45 a.m. And Sallie Krawcheck, chief executive of Ellevest and former Wall Street executive, has written, “I’m never more productive than at 4 a.m.”

Non-executive early birds aren’t necessarily workaholic. They hope to avoid the distractions of technology and social media. Those who work from home want a jump start on their day before other demands intrude. Some are seeking solitude and quiet.

A couple of quick questions:
1. When is date night during the week so that the relationship these people are in survives?
2. When are these early birds doing homework with their kids or reviewing for a test?
3. Which evening activities, i.e. school play, etc. are these chaps missing?
4. What business meetings or marketing functions are these obviously fit fellows able to avoid by their schedule without a detriment to their well rounded careers?

It is all a trade off...
distractions  early_risers  focus  productivity  Sallie_Krawcheck  self-care  sleep  solitude  Tim_Cook  tradeoffs 
june 2019 by jerryking

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