The School of Life draws upon Greek philosophy to give 10 ways to live better in 2010:
1. Diet, but not to lose weight.
2. Work to live, don’t live to work.
3. Meet a friend face to face, when you might have chatted online.
4. Start each day by contemplating the worst that can happen.
5. Take a technology Sabbath.
6. Talk to a stranger.
7. Go on retreat.
8. Write a blog for one week.
9. Do something that will surprise your friends, and you.
10. Decide what you want at your funeral.
Emerging as kind of a tradition, I’m headed off for a bit to take a “reading vacation.” Nothing fancy about this — it’s precisely what it sounds like: stacks of books and me on a vacation. Importantly, however, there will be no technology, and reading up on topics I’m curious about, but never have time for. This combines #2, 5, 7, 9, and sometimes #6 of the School of Life’s list, so I can return to do #3, 8, and more often #5. (In the pedal to the office already, I challenge #4.)
Happiest new year to all meantime.