I can see why. I have been taking the
time I need to recover from what seems like a constant state of overwhelming
crazy. When I think about margin, I often
think about books, and how I want to read more of them. Then a couple weeks ago I heard about a new
book that I wanted to read – What Falls from the Sky.
was too fully entwined with the digital world, and decided that she would
instead take a year off the internet – yes, an entire year, no internet (in
fact she didn’t even use a debit/credit card during this time).
This isn’t the first time I have read something with regards to breaking away
from technology. Several years ago I
read another great memoir called The Winter of Our Disconnect – about
a family in Australia who turned off their screens for six months. And there was this article about a man who decided to take a year off the internet and his follow up article after his year was finished.
we become more engaged with technology, simple isn’t always possible. Or at least the way I have defined simple in
finding information, the ability to look up things on my iPhone whenever I
want, the ability to always have hundreds of books with me, right on
my kindle. The pictures, I love to take and look at all
the pictures on Instagram, it makes me happy!
wants to learn all.the.things.
in our lives, my kids were in basketball, we had church, we had homeschool, we
had a toddler (it could have been the toddler), but I didn’t see anything
specific as to why everything felt so out of control.
anyone, but to me, an information and news junkie, it was kind of a big
deal. I love all the news. I’m not particular. I like to listen to all sides, give me all
the liberal media, give me all the conservative media, and I will listen to
everything and then figure out what I feel about a subject.
the entire process of the primaries, it was all consuming, and it was negative,
and it spiraled out of control (in my opinion).
I thought that once the election was over things would improve, it did
media, is overwhelming.
about the information overload of negativity.
It wore me down.
may have noticed, or perhaps not, maybe you have information overload as well.
that I wasn’t happy with what I was writing, it wasn’t fulfilling me in the way
that writing typically does, so I stepped back.
I took a couple (or more than a couple) deep breaths and I started to
think about what I wanted to change.
telling me to simplify for years now, but it is starting to get louder, and
bigger, and reminding me of my reasons for starting a blog to begin with.
was able to start concentrating on the important smallness of my life, and my
family, that I crave so dearly.
that we are still a few weeks away from consistently warmer weather. I’m ready to be outside in the sun, working
in the garden, and I am looking forward to sharing my smallness, and slowing
down with you all.
beaten path, but it is so easy to follow the crowds to the paved roads where I
can be swept up with everyone else, still enjoying life, maybe moving in a direction
I don’t necessarily agree with, but perhaps easier.
often (3-4 posts per week) as it has been in years past. My writing may continue to be more introspective,
but it is exciting, to be able to share these challenges and changes with you
writing, I also largely use my writing as a way to process my own feelings, and
I am glad that a few of you are still around to follow along.
Emery who wrote The Encyclopedia of Country Living –
which is an amazing resource if you are trying your hand at any sort of
self-sufficiency. The author ran from
that way of life, as far as she could, fully immersing herself in what seemed
to be everything as far away from homesteading as you possibly could go. But then, with two small children, living in
Boston, she decided to take a year off the internet.
her spiritually. It gave her a time of
silence, to really be still, to evaluate what was important in her life, what
she was willing to give up, and what she wants to continue to have.
pages, and the trials that she had to go through during that year, and right
before the year started, were many.
I learned a lot. I don’t
necessarily have to swear off the internet for a year, but I am able to do some
soul searching for how much time I spend immersed in a digital world and how I
spend that time when I am there.
considered a challenge like this? Does
it sound completely unrealistic in this day and age?