One of the most important things I’ve learned over my 66 years is to PAY ATTENTION when the Universe is trying to tell me something. Since March, my cell phone went walk-about ~ ~ in the house. Last month, my iPad went walk-about ~ ~ in the house. And a week ago, my 2-year old laptop died.
Instead of weeping & wailing, I did what experience has taught me – – step back, assess, let the great whatever seep into my awareness.
When our television came to the end of its days in 2011, John & I decided to hold off getting a new one until after the 2012 election. A year plus later, after the election, we realized that not only did we not miss it, we both were perfectly happy without one. I had returned to a reading habit that I’d dropped over the years, a godsend since it turned out my interest in issues around aging expansively, from first breath to last, required a HUGE amount of soaking up new information & different perspectives. The timing was more than serendipitous – – it felt & feels literally like a godsend.
Here I am, in June 2018, with all my digital devices either gone walk-about OR adios. Am taking it as a massive nudge to make the coming three months an analog summer. It’s been three days since making that decision – even if my smart phone & iPad resurface – and already I feel GREAT. I am planning my days – three hours at Be Well, reading, then off to the HV Library for several hours of computer work, mostly catching up on e-mails, blogging. This morning, I headed to the high school with cupcakes for the senior& freshmen gals, then off to breakfast at the Lumberville Store with a little grey cells disrupting friend. Home for a nap (was up at 4:40 a.m.), then some time with John, before heading out at 4:00 p.m. for a few hours reading time at Be Well. Ended up at the Southampton Library, where I am tip tapping this.
Already, my life is calmer. I am more contemplative. Reading John Leland’s Happiness is a Choice You Make is a better experience not being wedged between online surfing. Life has slowed down. If I get around to checking out e-mail & Facebook – terrific. If I don’t – tomorrow is another day.
My home has gone analog for the summer. It means no Marvelous Mrs. Maisel until the fall, no watching the rest of Season Two – Seven of Suits on Amazon Prime, it means tapping into friend’s computers to make online purchases. One concession – will purchase a Kindle in order to read my online subscriptions to the NY Times, the Washington Post & Vanity Fair, all of which I read for my work. If it surfs, it’s beached for at least the summer.
How will having an analog home work out? We shall see.