David Zach, the Milwaukee-based futurist I wrote about last week, concluded the presentation he delivered to 200 business people with a few suggestions about how to get more out of life. His top to suggestions: start smoking and start drinking!
He was kidding, of course, and his suggestions drew a big laugh from the crowd, but these two tips were not without their point.
Smokers, he said, take breaks, and that's a good thing. Too many people work all day without ever taking a break. In fact, some people even boast about never taking a break, but the fact is, we all need to take breaks. Even if only for two or three minutes, a break refreshes, it gives you a chance to stretch, it rests your eyes. If you go outside, the fresh air surely will do you good.
Furthermore, Zach noted that people who smoke bond with other people with whom they would otherwise never mingle. In the break room or outside the back entry to the office building, you may find the CEO or other high-level manager chatting with an entry-level employee as they both smoke a cigaret.
With respect to drinking, he encouraged it in the context of a mid-day meal. He said people should go out to lunch more often. "The average American spends less than 15 minutes having lunch, and people usually eat lunch alone at their desk," Zach said. Most people spend far more time with their computer at work than they do with another person, Zach observed.
The point is, make time to visit with other people. Don't discount the pleasure of a good meal. Take time to enjoy the beautiful things in life, including good food and conversation. Furthermore, make an effort to enjoy these things in the company of others. "Go out for lunch," Zach encouraged. "When you break bread, you break barriers."