This short book provides a nice summary of m.c.'s work.
Creative people are especially good at ordering their lives so that what they do, when, and with whom will enable them to do their best work. If what they need is spontaniety and disorder, then they make sure to have that, too. [p.41]
Without the goal and challenges usually provided by a job, only a rare self-discipline can keep the mind focused intensely enough to insure a meaningful life. [p.59]
Currently about 7 percent of all the nonrenewable energy we use -- electricity, gasoline, paper, and metal products -- is being used primarily for leisure. Constructing and watering golf courses, printing magazines, flying jets to vacation resorts, prodicing and distributing TV shows, building and fueling powerboats and skidoos takes up a good deal of planetary resources. Ironically, it seems that how much happiness and enjoyment we get from leisure has no relation at all -- if anything, a negative relation -- to the amount of material energy consumed while doing it. Low-key activities that require investments of skill, knowledge, and emotions on our part are just as rewarding as those that use up a lot of equipment and external energy, instead of our psychic energy. [p.76]
Contrary to what one would expect, there are more arguments in families that are emotionally close; when the family is in real trouble, parents and children avoid each other instead of arguing. [p.88]
Being able to create order among the various demands that crowd upon consciousness will go a long way toward preventing stress. The next step is to match one's skills with whatever challenges have been identified. [p.107]
"Autotelic" is a word composed of two Greek roots: auto (self), and telos (goal). An autotelic activity is one we do for its own sake because to experience it is the main goal. [p.117]
[A piece of advice from the Buddhists]: "Act always as if the future of the Universe depended on what you did, while laughing at yourself for thinking that whatever you do makes any difference." [p.133]