My loose definition of a sabbatical is an extended period when the main activity is suspended, allowing me to devote the time to any other activity of choice.

Writing has helped me see and articulate the framework of who I am and who I want to be. Today I am returning to regular writing with a re-branded webpage, sustainable content plan and updated approach to blogging. I’m excited to continue this journey!

Here is a sabbatical collection of interesting facts and insights 🙂

Quote of the sabbatical

“You can only be qualified to do that which you have already accomplished or trained for. Anything new is accomplished by unqualified people”.

Not only is this quote by James Clear beautifully accurate – but it is also my main takeaway from the sabbatical.

Perspective

This article here prompted me to think about how we see the world (literally) and how the reality we imagine is not always the objective reality out there.

Control

Have you ever realised that doing something you love on a schedule you cannot control might feel the same way as doing something you hate? Psychologists call it reactance.

Abracadabra

Have you ever wondered where this incantation is coming from?

First Aid

In many countries, law systems impose a duty on an individual to provide first aid in a physical accident or need. What stroke me this year was a realisation that there is no exact requirement if the emergency is psychological – more so, our stigmatised society will often dismiss the crisis in case of a mental health issue as silly, weird, mental etc.

Comparison

We learn about a new object by comparing it with other, familiar objects, measuring it against them, thus describing and defining the new entity. We then integrate this definition into our world knowledge framework. Amit Pagedar, in his book “Finding awareness”, highlights why comparison does not work for those seeking to know themselves. By comparing ourselves with others, we only learn how we are in comparison with someone else. We don’t have a reference system that would enable us to truly measure the depth of thoughts, the profoundness of happiness or the amount of effort put into the success by someone else.

Measurement

The previous insight flows naturally into Goodhart’s law – when a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure. I love how David Perell integrates it into his essay on teaching and the education system.

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