It may seem strange that I am using this space this week to talk about hobbies. After all, when you are pressed for time, surely the last thing you should be doing is taking up a new hobby.
But I think hobbies are essential to be a creative and productive member of your work community. I base this opinion on my knowledge, as an ex-cognitive scientist, about how the brain works.
I’m sure you’ve all heard someone say that they get their best ideas in the shower. Why is that? My contention is it’s because the mind is relaxed when you’re in the shower. It only has to do a minimal amount of care-taking to make sure that you keep the soap in your hand, that you stand and turn in the right way to get the water where you want it to fall, and that you remember to turn off the shower, when you’ve turned it on. But while you’re taking a shower, you’re not demanding your mind to work very hard. Thus, ideas pop up from your subconscious.
This is why hobbies are important. Taking a lunch break to do a little knitting, or to practice your golf swing, or to make a shopping list for that new brownie recipe that you’ve heard is delicious allows your mind to rest. And when it rests, ideas appear. And the best part is that these ideas are related to that work you’ve been poring over all morning.
So, if you don’t currently have a hobby, I suggest that you find one. Nowadays, you can find a lot of fun things to do by signing up for Meetup and finding groups in your area that do all sorts of things. You’ll find a set of new friends, as well as a great way of relaxing when things become fraught. Here is the link: www.meetup.com
Have a fabulous week!
When Jennifer of Rundpinne tells you that she is an avid reader, you’d better believe it. She’s read 121 books this year, and it’s only April!
Wow! I don’t think I’ve met anyone who got through so many books. So what does Jennifer do? She tells us that she is a knitter and a mother of three. I would love to know what she knits. Does she knit as many sweaters, socks, and scarves for her three sons as she reads books? Is the amount of knitting correlated with the amount of reading?
Oh, well. I am just naturally curious. Which is why I’m a novelist. And so grateful to people like Jennifer who read our books and post reviews.
Her website is unusual and beautiful. It’s also very well organized, matching the discipline of someone who can read all of those book, knit, look after 3 boys, and post every day.
I highly recommend it to anyone who loves books. People like Jennifer are a real treasure to the community.
One last thing. I am curious about the name. It seems German. What exactly does it mean?
–Cynthia Haggard writes historical novels. She has two completed manuscripts that will be published in the coming year. THWARTED QUEEN is a portrait of a woman trapped by power, a marriage undone by betrayal, and a King brought down by fear.FAMILY SPLINTERS is a novel about identity, forbidden love and family secrets. For more on her creative writing, go to spunstories. (c) 2011. All rights reserved.