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Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder
by Arianna Huffington 3.64 of 5 stars
How ironic to be writing a review about Arianna Huffington’s latest book Thrive when the book I’m ready to write is so similar. This reminds me of the time my sister sat down to write her Ph.D. thesis. Her decision to check the mail proved fateful. She opened a journal with her exact thesis already published. She had to go back and re-write her thesis statement and re-interpret years of research.
Lucky for me, my ‘mindful’ stories are original and my insights about the digital revolution more progressive.
Arianna, president and editor in chief of the Huffington Post describes how waking up from a fall in her office with a broken jaw and bloody eye caused her to ‘see the light’ about being too busy. She blames the digital revolution for pressuring her life to spiral out of control. Her solution is meditation and a redefinition of success. Less emphasis on money and power she argues who at 63 sold her blog for $315 million. Easy for her to say, I can hear the Millennial Generation scream.
She is honest about her personal struggle to find a better balance between work and family. The book is well researched with numerous references to books on the benefits of meditation. Her writing is sprinkled with inspirational and informative quotes. However, a critique of the literature is missing. She fails to explain why mindfulness does not always help.
The most disturbing and concerning weakness in this book is Arianna’s attitude toward digital comprehension. Like many her age she views digitalization as something new because it is to her. However, to those under thirty years of age digitalization is non-alien. She fails to realize that the digital reality is here to stay. It is not something to be ‘gently escorted out of my bedroom each night before I go to sleep.’ Nonetheless, she can be forgiven out of respect and limited understanding because of her demographic.
Meditation has been around for centuries. Just because time deprived North American Baby Boomers hear their biological clock ticking louder and louder in 2014 does not mean they discovered mindfulness. Nonetheless, it may mean Boomers need to slow down and enjoy what time is left in their lives and reflect on these wise words from Carson McCullers, “Time, the endless idiot, runs screaming ‘round the world.”
The ‘Spinning Wheel of Time’ has been with us since the beginning of time.
In 1951, Tennessee Williams wrote an article for the New York Times about the timeless world of a play. How interesting to compare his opening sentence with New York Times writer Tim Kreider’s article ANXIETY; The ‘Busy’ Trap describing how a busy mindset hinders our creativity and productivity alike in his July 2012 essay.
“Carson McCullers concludes one of her lyric poems with the line: “Time, the endless idiot, runs screaming ‘round the world.” It is this continual rush of time, so violent that it appears to be screaming, that deprives our actual lives of so much dignity and meaning, and it is, perhaps more than anything else, the arrest of time which has taken place in a completed work of art that gives to certain plays their feeling of depth and significance.”
A message from Ann:
As a high school teacher and tutor of teenagers, I have observed an increase in stress on the lives of my students. The effect of stress not only impairs academic success, it also affects a student’s sense of self in harmful ways.
A popular solution to combat stress is meditation. I have studied meditation for the past year and taken courses in mindfulness. The courses are part of a Creative Writing Program at University of Toronto.
I have been successful in helping students manage their stress in order to achieve their academic goals and to experience personal well-being by implementing my new learning in mindfulness.
Entrepreneur Matt Steel talks about the abundance of slowness:
New York times writer Tim Kreider writes about how a busy mindset is hindering our creativity and productivity alike:
Check it out!
As a high school teacher and tutor of teenagers, Ann has observed an increase in stress on the lives of her students. The effect of stress not only impairs academic success, it also affects a student’s sense of self in harmful ways.
A popular solution to combat stress is meditation. She has studied meditation for the past year and has taken courses in mindfulness. The courses are part of a Creative Writing Program at University of Toronto.
She has been successful in helping students manage their stress in order to achieve their academic goals and to experience personal well-being by implementing her new learning in mindfulness and meditation.