Here, one takeaway I’ll remember when I’m trying to justify skipping my nightly email check to watch one more Elmo video with my toddler, or trying to go more than a few hours before checking the Facebook app on my iPhone:
Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration — it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.
Such a good argument for the new vitamin D—downtime.
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