Janel Messenger published a post entitled “The Anti-Boredom Life,” in which she talked about modeling a life of curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, turning off the TV and assigning chores. After reading her post, I was ready to take the kids on a breezy bike ride, run in the woods or veg out in a hammock watching clouds. She also included some practical suggestions for the kids that anyone could pull out to inspire a little creativity (LEGOs, anyone?).
She referenced almost in passing another piece she wrote called “Five Fat Files.”
Lifelong learners? Autodidacts? The idea of five fat files ties in nicely with refreshing one’s mind, for one thing, and is a practical concept to help lifelong learners actually focus their curiosity.
It reminds me of a line from an article I read about brain research. I’ve never been able to confirm that this is an Einstein quote, but Dr. Daniel Amen wrote in his article “Optimizing Brain Function“:
Einstein said that if a person studies a subject for just 15 minutes a day in a year he will be an expert, and in five years he may be a national expert.
Man, if that’s true, Janel Messenger’s well on her way. She’s been collecting so much information, if she studies those five files 15 minutes a day, she could be a columnist for a national magazine or appear on Oprah. I love that she’s picked her five areas of expertise and filled files (and then “drawers full of files busting with a collective wisdom!”) with relevant articles, quotations and ideas.
What labels would be on your Five Fat Files?