Saturday, August 16, 2008

Left-brained epiphanies, part IV: hyper-analysis; career before family

A friend is leaving town today, and she's flying in the face of several of today's right-brained truisms.

Instead of abandoning literary analysis for energy heeling, chartered accountancy for metaphysical healing (another acquaintance from high school), or neuroscience for deep inner peace, she's intensifying her focus on late 19th century central European historiography.

And instead of realizing that she needs to slow down and put personal relations first--like Mitch Albom in Tuesdays with Morrie, Vivian Baring in Wit, and Jill Bolte Taylor in My Stroke of Insight--she's realizing that she needs to abandon a quarter-century-long intimate relationship and accelerate her career as never before.

Her epiphany:  

That two icons of right-brained spirituality, Jesus and Buddha, also put vocational aspirations ahead of friends and family--and encouraged others to do the same.

1 comment:

Nancy Bea Miller said...

I'm having trouble, though, seeing Jesus and Buddha as left-brainers! ;-)