I’m a huge fan of Huff Post Healthy Living so it was only a matter of time before I found myself settling into Arianna Huffington’s book, Thrive:The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.
Basically, it’s a reference book for all things healthy living. She writes that productivity at work should not sacrifice personal well-being, and actually — the better we care for ourselves, the more productive we can be at work and happier in our lives. The goal is for this third metric to step in and perhaps overshadow the 1st and 2nd metrics for success — money + power.
Many of my favorite topics are explored with deep insights — mindfulness, meditation, intuition, art… to name just a few.
And while she’s not exactly breaking ground on the subject matter — there are hundreds of books out there pushing a similar idea of whole living — she seamlessly blended the material of her own personal experiences with scientific research and stories from respected academics, thought leaders, and even her daughters. Sprinkled throughout each section are bits of poetry and passages from the likes of Rumi, T.S. Elliot, Carrie Fisher, Henry Miller and Andy Warhol to support her ideas more thoroughly.
On experiencing loss and pain–
We are not on this earth to accumulate victories, or trophies, or experiences, or even to avoid failures, but to be whittled and sandpapered down until what’s left is who we truly are. This is the only way we can find purpose in pain and loss, and the only way to keep returning to gratitude and grace.
And the wisdom to know the difference (referring to the serenity prayer) comes from our ability to move from our narrow, self-absorbed world to a world that encompasses a larger perspective and a higher altitude. And it all starts with daily, tiny, positive changes that move us in the direction we want to go.
Museums and galleries remain among the few oases that can deliver what has become increasingly rare in our world: the opportunity to disconnect from our hyperconnected lives and experience the feeling of wonder. Museums are where we go to commmune with the permanent, the ineffable and the unquantifiable. And it’s an especially rare, and thus precious , experience in our technology-besieged lives.
My big take-away (which literally is a TAKE AWAY) from the book was on the relationship with our devices.
In a nut shell — if in that moment of staring at your phone…it’s not truly adding to your life, then TAKE IT AWAY.
Buy the book here