A ‘Shultz Hour’

source: Macali Communications

A departure from historical fiction to consider life in general. One of my favourite newspapers is the New York Times. We get the Sunday NYT in Toronto as well as reading it whenever we’re in the US and I almost always find time to read the Op-Ed section. (I like the Sunday business section but that’s another story.)

On April 18th David Leonhardt wrote Why You’d Benefit from a Shultz Hour, which spoke to me.

Leonhardt draws wisdom and perspective from George Shultz, a former Secretary of State who dedicated one hour a week for uninterrupted reflection. Leonhardt uses that notion to talk about the search and need “for a reprieve from our smart-phone addled lives”. Further, he makes the connection between taking time for such idleness and creativity. Such “task-negative” time according to Daniel J. Levitin of McGill University is “responsible for our moments of greatest creativity and insight, when we’re able to solve problems that previously seemed unsolvable.”

Hmmm … I’m in the business of creativity. Better start having my own Shultz hour!

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction and blogs about all aspects of the genre at A Writer of History. Her latest novel, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union on August 16, 2016. Mary’s other novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.


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