While on holiday in Florence last week, I saw this beautiful painting in the Uffuzi Gallery. Painted in the fifteenth century, it’s an allegory of success. Riding on the head of a dolphin, holding a sail, hoping to catch the fickle winds of fortune, I think it’s about as apt an allegory for the vagaries of success as any I can imagine.
From the New York Times…
By KATE MURPHY
JULY 25, 2014
ONE of the biggest complaints in modern society is being overscheduled, overcommitted and overextended. Ask people at a social gathering how they are and the stock answer is “super busy,” “crazy busy” or “insanely busy.” Nobody is just “fine” anymore.
When people aren’t super busy at work, they are crazy busy exercising, entertaining or taking their kids to Chinese lessons. Or maybe they are insanely busy playing fantasy football, tracing their genealogy or churning their own butter.
And if there is ever a still moment for reflective thought — say, while waiting in line at the grocery store or sitting in traffic — out comes the mobile device. So it’s worth noting a study published last month in the journal Science, which shows how far people will go to avoid introspection.