Discover more from time spent offline
Be careful what you wish for
you just might get it
I used to pray for times like this.
Five things to share:
The lessons in unplugging are the same as other lessons in life: It takes time, it does get easier, it does get better, and you better make sure you want what you say you want, you better wish for exactly what you really want, because you just might get it. And when you do get it, it might be better than what you have wished for; far better than your wildest dreams. Last Saturday, on a crisp, sunny afternoon while engrossed in my thoughts during the train ride, looking forward to trying Vietnamese egg coffee with a friend and our super long chats about life and other things, I knew I have gotten exactly what I have wished for.
(Instead of a video) I recently read The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection by Michael Harris. It was recommended by a reader and I throughly enjoyed it for two reasons. One, it was published in 2014, and written much earlier than that, so there is a certain innocence and naivety, and hope, that can only come from missing the digital shit storm that truly began around 2016. The second reason is Harris is a Canadian, duh.
A quote I want to share with you:
Action conquers fear.
— Peter Nivio Zarlenga
Do, and find out.
(Warning: This article might cause emotional discomfort)
From one perspective, you could argue that ours is an excessively emotional age. Outrage and fear are the currency of public discourse; thoughtfulness and reason appear to be in retreat. But, from another angle, maybe it is actually the case that our emotional lives are impoverished.
A question for you: What is one simple change you can commit to for the next three months for a better life-tech balance? Let’s finish 2022 with a bang!
That’s all for this week!
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