Comedian, best-selling author, trainer and speaker; founder of Positive Comedy Training; books have sold half a million copies + worldwide
Gerry Thompson is a comedian, best-selling author and trainer. He specialises in helping people in their personal and professional development, drawing on learning from the world of comedy and comedians. Gerry's latest book is "Inspirational Gamechangers", published by Financial Times Publishing, recently translated into Chinese language. His humorous titles include "Cats are from Venus, Dogs are from Mars" and "Astral Sex to Zen Teabags - a New Age Spoofapedia"
You're invited out to dinner with a friend at the home of this person, about whom your friend is reluctant to say too much; his name will be Django or Salinger or Tarquin or something along those lines; there will be a heavy duty check shirt, big beard and unneeded eccentric spectacles - the first clues as to what you're in for.
Why do we have such a strong habit of doing this? Why would we want to be absent so much, diminishing our true potential and powerfulness, avoiding the sheer intensity and aliveness of being fully present? Is this really so scary? Why would we want to have a sort of 'half life' for big chunks of our time?
I'm not saying that effective cats get a lot done without being overly busy - they're just not interested in getting things done. They do as little as possible. And what they do best is nothing at all; they're better at creatively doing nothing than anyone else in the universe.