WOW! It is actually 2020. If you are anywhere near my ancient age of 56 – you might share in the feeling that 2020 was often spoken about as some auspicious date – when the world as we know it would change irrevocably – a bit like George Orwell’s famous book – “Ninety Eighty Four”
I reached the end of 2019 emotionally, physically and spiritually depleted. I was snapping at my husband and kids and barely being polite to my clients – a sure sign I was verging on ‘burn out’. So I decided to depart from the usual Christmas craziness of shopping, cooking and traveling long distances to see family and friends far and wide – and instead – took the time over Christmas to rest, research and quietly reflect on what I wanted my 2020 to look and feel like.
I am hoping these thoughts and resources will be a source of inspiration for you – if you have found yourself in a similar state to myself.
1. My first great find is the latest book by Martha Beck – “Finding Your Way in a Wild New World” – set in my home country South Africa – this book provides a new transformational program for creating an unconventional life path to a sustainable way of life. Looking at work as “play” and ensuring we have plenty of “rest” along the way.
2. In his best selling book – “Why you get more done when you work less” – Alex Soojung-Kim Pang – Silicon Valley futurist and business consultant – through rigorous scientific research with examples of writers, painters, and thinkers – from Darwin to Stephen King – exposes how we’ve underestimated the power of rest for our success. Though it’s as natural as breathing, it’s also a skill we can all learn to boost our creativity and productivity.
3. And finally, our pastor in church this morning revealed a study conducted in the United States, that indicates that the average divorce rate, for couples living in the states, is 1 in 2 marriages. However, those couples, that spend every morning dedicated to a time of prayer and reading God’s word together, only have a divorce rate of one in 1500.
And so – armed with that knowledge – my intention for 2020 is to treat work as play, rest more and give the first fruits of my day to thanking God alongside my husband.
Wishing each and every one of you, a year that gives you the opportunity to live your life intentionally with purpose, and to have some fun while you are doing it.
Until next time – remember
Be Bold. Be Curious.