Sunday - and with strong gale-force winds, and rain etc, the advice was to stay at home unless you absolutely had to go out. So, after some hesitation, I took the advice, cancelled visiting my friend, and stayed home.
I don't usually look at The Sun, but it has some really good photos of how this weather has been affecting people across the UK
I spent a lot of the day reading an ebook from the library: In Praise of Wasting Time, by Alan Lightman (a TED book)
It was a short read - so I've read it and returned it. But I took a screen shot of some of the lovely illustrations because..... I liked them!
So, quite a lot of the book was about the overloading we now experience, living in the 'wired world'. And how detrimental this has been to creative thinking. It gives examples of many brilliant people who made a point of spending time just doing 'nothing' and allowing their brains to process ideas. And it ends with a proposal that we make a new habit into a new 'norm' - of taking at least half-an-hour a day being quiet, without any technology (and not just when we're asleep). Of course, there's a lot more in the book .......
He has written novels too - one is called Einstein's Dreams - in which he describes 'mechanical time' - and I recognised myself there - where the day is divided up into time slots, even checking the time when my stomach rumbles to see if it's time to eat.......... (I've just reserved it from the library!)
One of my negative beliefs that I've captured recently is "I am lazy" - but I'm so NOT lazy. I do need, and take, plenty of down-time - and Alan Lightman's TED book has inspired me that laziness and procrastination supports lateral thinking and creative inspiration.
I do remember at college a tutor trying to teach me the difference between positive and negative procrastination - I never really managed to grasp it!
But I've certainly experienced the well-spring of creativity when I've been able to detach from the usual routine - usually when I've been isolated in a little beach chalet for a week! Suddenly I get all sorts of creative ideas bubbling up.
Come to think of it.......... maybe I should book myself a week in that chalet some time soon! Staying at home for a week isn't the same - I always notice the dust, and the unfinished projects............ !
This picture particularly delighted me; the next book I have lined up is called 'Turtles All The Way Down' by John Green!
and, just in the spirit of sharing - some photos from the last couple of days............
Spring flowers that have been planted in the little public garden in St Ives
Crocus growing in the cemetery in Camborne
and the promise of a great display of daffodils (not sure if you can see all the green stems coming up
PS - just saw this Spark blog about the distraction of technology etc.