As the weekend approaches, I have gathered together some of the best things I have read this week.
– my absolute favourite was the inspiring and original commencement address by poet Jon Sands for the Bronx Academy of Letters – you should definitely read the whole speech:
“So, is there ever a time you are more yourself than when doing what you love – with the people you love? Who you are exists in what you love.”
– “there is a core that exists in human connectedness that no amount of technology can replace” : why I will never join Facebook
– on the same theme Harvard Business Review explains why friends matter in both life and work:
– and despite what Americans think, so does going away on vacation :
– New York magazine argues that parents are more unhappy than their childless peers. Although the piece cites academic research it doesn’t tally with my own experience – and if it was true surely no-one would have more than one child ? I don’t have children but have nieces and nephews and plenty of friends with kids. They have all gone through sleepless nights, lots of hard work and sacrifices but the one thing they wouldn’t change is having a family.
– just after celebrating July 4 these thoughts on national character tallied with my feelings as an ex-pat away from my home soil;
“A clear demonstration that we are not in fact like plants, rooted in our national soil, is our ability to get up, should we so choose, and go somewhere else. We do not wilt and die, though we also do not remain quite the same.”