Some people believe that the world is made by those that work 24 hours a day, seven days a week and that never leave the house without a invisible "I'm busy" sign hanging around their neck. This type of people also believe that being productive is sitting all day in front of the computer, and that the amount of success we have is inversely proportional to the number of hours we sleep at night. In my opinion, these concepts are just a lazy excuse to live a frenetic life that make us feel more like robots than humans.
Meanwhile, the ones that work to make their dreams come true and still take time to be around family and friends are called lazy and accused of lack of ambition.
After all, the american dream is more global than ever and nowadays everybody wants to work more, to earn more and to buy more. Like Peter Block write in his book "A Sense of Belonging", familiar values and idleness have been sacrified in the name of a certain way of life, also known as consumerism.
Decades ago, the members of aristocracy had displayed their wealth throught idleness. Playing piano, reading, and being at the living room with friends were the major luxuries anyone could achieve. But today, the work is the new leisure. Arriving to work early and being the last to leave is seen as a proof of dedication and, even when we are not at work, we should act like we are always busy. Even if the quantity of our work is devalued.
But, in the middle of all this crazyness, there's a month when everybody looks calm and relaxed. I'm talking about August, the perfect month to enjoy a walk on the beach, to spend the afternoon with friends and to leave the hurry behind. When a month arrive with this sense of calm all we can do is enjoy. And thats the reason why I decided to create the #31daysofcalm challenge. The point is to apreciate a moment of calm every single day during this month. With this I intend to value more the little things that bring me joy. It could be drinking a cup of tea, walking in the park, or listening our favourite music. In one sentence, this challenge was created to bring peace and calm to our days. After all, the world is already full of hurry, crazyness and work so let's enjoy all the little moments of calm we could, because after that we will have enought courage to change the world.
During this month, I'm going to share on instagram pictures of my moments of calm and I'm inviting you all to do the same using the hashtag #31daysofcalm. I'll also be sharing some vídeos through Ello.
This challenge couldn't be easier but I believe this could help us to value what's really important when we start to feel like robots.
Are you with me? @ello @budnitz