Following advice from Einstein on Friday, today it’s the turn of Bertrand Russell:

One of the symptoms of approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important and that to take a holiday would bring all kinds of disaster. If I were a medical man, I should prescribe a holiday to any patient who considered his work important.

This again comes from Slow Leadership, which here starts from Russell, and ends up with a portfolio management approach to lifestyle management:

A balanced financial portfolio is tied up in a wide range of investments. A balanced life is invested in many aspects of living. Some will work out well, some won’t, but overall the risk of disaster is minimized.

Totally irrelevant tangent which had not struck me until today: Russell’s was the first death of a public figure which registered on my consciousness. Which means that my childhood was odder than it seemed at the time, or that Russell seemed much more famous then than he does retrospectively now.


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