今日推荐英文原文：《It’s Okay To Take A Break》
推荐理由：这世间总是会有各种各样的需求的，尽管可能让人不敢相信，但是这个项目打算实现使用 C 来完成安卓应用的听起来好像没啥用的需求。听起来似乎一时半会找不到要这么做的原因，不可否认的是这的确是以前从未想过的一种方式，有兴趣的话可以看看作者的油管视频:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz_LvaN36Ag
今日推荐英文原文：《It’s Okay To Take A Break》作者：Carmen Fong, MD
It’s Okay To Take A BreakMy cousin told me that she and her fiancé work until midnight these days. They are both accountants, working from home, and they are working harder than they ever have before.
My partner is currently working from home, doing telehealth visits and taking calls from hospitals. She says that it’s harder than working at the office, because it feels wrong to take a break when you’re on the clock.
It’s okay to take a break.
Working from home means that we have completely lost that thin, precarious line that separated our work from our lives in the first place. Over the past few years, that line had gotten even thinner because of phones and laptops and watches and all the different ways that people can get in touch with you. Watching TV at 8pm? Yes, your boss will ask you to attend a last-minute business dinner. Getting a haircut? You get an email saying you need to be on a call in two minutes. Going for a run? Yes, the hospital will call you on your watch. Now that our home is our workplace, are we allowed to have breakfast? Or break for lunch? Or sit on the couch at 2pm and scroll through your Instagram for half an hour?
It’s called an honor system, so as long as you honor your responsibilities to get your work done, you can take a break.
The other factor is, though, this illogical pressure that we have put on ourselves to do more because we can. We’re not commuting anymore, so that’s another hour to write. We’re not drinking anymore, so what else is there to do after dinner? Write another article? Either because we feel like we should be taking advantage of this time, or there’s this zeitgeist where people are sitting at home, consuming information online more than ever, I have felt the pressure to WRITE.
I punch out one or two articles a day, about a thousand words each. I feel like I should be doing more. Every evening, as I scroll through other articles on Medium and the news, I think to myself, What’s even the point? No one reads what I write.
That’s when I know I need to take a break. I close my iPad, my laptop and leave my phone charging on the nightstand and I pick up my latest Louise Penny mystery, or a new chapbook from New Michigan Press. Whereas my ratio used to be 20% writing and 80% reading, these days I find myself 80% writing and 20% reading. I’m trying to get closer to a 60–40 ratio, so I don’t burn out.
In high school, I loved this poem by Rumi:
Today, like every other day,From The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing, by Jalal al-Din Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks.
we wake up empty and frightened.
Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading.
Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
I have to admit that when I was younger, my main takeaway was the ‘we wake up empty and frightened’ part. In your teens, lacking direction, lacking knowledge of what the future would hold, every day felt like an experiment and you were the guinea pig.
Now that I’m older, I realize that the point of this is that there are two ways we interact with the world. We either consume or we create (you may have heard me expound on this before). When we consume, we read a book, or buy things, order takeout and eat it — we are ingesting materials and ideas. When we create, we write, or make music, or make art out of food, or even being activists, and dancers, and doctors. We put out more energy than we take in.
During this quarantine, I have found myself trying to use every spare moment to create, to create the beauty that I want to exist in the world. But it’s kind of hard, and a little bit tiring, to put that energy out all the time.
All I’m saying is, there has to be a balance between consumption and creation. So it’s okay to take a break.