Quick fixes? Love them! 7 great habits, 12 minutes to succeed (meditation), 6 a day, 10 years younger in 10 weeks… I could go on, and I jump in every time!
I buy books and read blogs. Buy Superfoods, that boost the brain and incense sticks that can purify both body and soul. Indeed all of it seems to work – when you remember to use it.
My favorite “10 you can not do without” may not be a quick fix – but it has been stuck on my mind.
Futurist Anne Skare Nielsen has written about 10 skills, children of the future cannot do without:
Consisting of technique + method + perseverance. Technology takes 2-5 minutes to learn, method takes months or years, and persistence is to “Never quit on a bad day.” Being able to work disciplined and to ignore enjoyment needs in the moment, in order to achieve long-term happiness. To acquire as many techniques as possible, for they are the keys to the locks of the world.
2. Dedicated communities.
To be liked as you are and being able to create and engage in long, healthy, conflicted relationships. To be able to immerse themselves, and thus learn about purpose in life and to rest assure in the belief that at least one adult loves them. A true welfare-state does not cut the bond between the oldest and the youngest generation. And it tells its children, that the important things in life are not grades, solid work and filthy lucre, but to make an effort and ask oneself: “Why was I born? What is it I can do, that no one else can, and how can I use it to create something, that is good for the world? “.
3. Learn, unlearn, relearn.
Life is long, and our kids are going to reinvent themselves 3-4-5-6-7 times during their working life. Ask therefore never “And what should you be when you grow up?”. Ask instead “What would you like to be good at, and with whom would you like to be together with?”. Future illiterates are not the ones who cannot read and write – it is those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.
Read the entire article, with the 7 other skills here: http://www.denoffentlige.dk/fremtidsforsker-10-egenskaber-fremtidens-boern-ikke-kan-undvaere
Anne Skare Nielsen writes that our kids are going to be more than 100 years old – and what about ourselves? According to the latest figures from the Danish statistical bureau, women live until they’re 82.7 years old, and men until 78.5 years. I guess that this also means that we need to be skilled, could be part of communities and learn – unlearn – relearn etc.?
There are lots of things we have to do, or do we?
Be. Here. Now.
Yet another quick fix? – Maybe. But then what about 10 good reasons for playing more?
Or maybe just one. Because it is fun!
It is true that play can make you forget time and place. That it can trigger endorphins. That it strengthens communities and makes it easier to learn.
But the coolest thing about play is that you’re allowed to act silly and be really bad at it.
Not because being bad necessarily is a good thing, but when you play, it’s acceptable to try again and again, and it doesn’t even hurt. It’s true that people might laugh at you, and that you lose the balance for a short while. However, a minute later you can be in total triumph, because you hit the mark or are at least close to it … and then the next minute …
Kapow! Flow. Happiness. Passion. Laughter.
Play may never end up on the list of things, that changed the future – as skill #11 – or will it?