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Weekend Reads for Finance Pros: Our Brains and “The Disease” of Busyness

See on Scoop.itBounded Rationality and Beyond

I don’t know about you, but I have a very hard time sitting still and just “being” instead of “doing.” My idea of “relaxing” usually involves something physical: running, swimming, cooking, spring cleaning, doing whatever, so long as I’m on the move. It takes a lot of discipline to just “be” instead of “do.” Which is why a passage from a recent post on the On Being blog, “The Disease of Being Busy,” really struck me.

Omid Safi, director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center, writes: “This disease of being ‘busy’ (and let’s call it what it is, the dis-ease of being busy, when we are never at ease) is spiritually destructive to our health and well-being. It saps our ability to be fully present with those we love the most in our families, and keeps us from forming the kind of community that we all so desperately crave.” Stopping myself from being busy, in a sense, is about simplifying. As American author Henry D. Thoreau once said, “Our life is frittered away by detail … Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! …  Simplify, simplify.” I can’t help but wonder how much of my life I fritter away with my obsession with detail. Busyness, it seems, is how I try to manage detail. Here are some other interesting reads, in case you missed them:

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