I very intentionally craft my schedule each year so that I can make time in July to step back from my everyday life in a meaningful way. I don’t stop working entirely; I simply work differently. It’s good for my family, for my soul and quite frankly, for my work. It allows me space to be inspired and have fun getting weird with ideas. It also means I make more time for reading, which I love. Thanks to all who often make great recommendations. Here’s what’s on my list:
- I Am Keats by Tom Asacker: A great recommendation from the Accidental Creative Podcast about the way we think and the role it plays in liberating our spirit and efforts in the world.
- Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman: This book has been recommended to me following numerous speeches I’ve given. I will be listening to the universe and taking it in.
- Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore: Another recommendation that has come my way for years and has been celebrated by many. I’ve heard it is a very important story for this place in time.
Here’s to stepping back, enjoying the moment and moving forward with a clear mind and a full heart. Hope you can intentionally create some time this summer for yourself, those who are most important to you, and to refuel for the projects that require your focus.
Jason Barger is the globally celebrated author of Step Back from the Baggage Claim, ReMember, and the newly released book Thermostat Cultures, as well as a coveted keynote speaker and leadership consultant. More importantly, he’s striving to be an above average father, husband, and friend.
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