There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature-
It’s been a bit since we last took a quiz (hot-shot):
- Do you check your phone before rolling out of bed in the morning?
- Do you compulsively check your phone each minute during the day?
- Do you stare at a screen more than being in awe of nature?
- Do you send and receive emails, text messages pin stuff … During meals, during each red light or while exercising?
- Do you freak out if you can’t find your gadget? Lost in your picturesque home. Ever use your home phone to call your mobile phone?
- Is some form of technology always within your reach, every moment of the day even while using the restroom?
- Is checking your phone the last thing you do before you turn in at night?
Did you happen to blurt out a few foul-tasting ‘yes(s)’ to these questions? We could talk about addiction to technology … Blah blah. You don’t care and these words will simple fall on deaf ears.
My question to you is (if you stuck around): What the heck are you going to do about your technology addiction? Purge and place it back in the “box” or do your best to minimize the harm it is causing you?
Let’s take a few moments to explore the benefits of unplugging. More free time, yup- more free time not wired to a gadget. This new-found free time parlays nicely into spending more quality time with your family, friends and co-workers. Heck even the local barista is happy to take your order while looking you in the eye rather than from someone staring at a phone. If having more pleasant experiences, experiences that are enriching and dense with plain old fun sounds cool? Ditch the technology.
Disconnecting will not be easy for you. The task of breaking this habit may seem pretty daunting, stupid and idiotic. You know what? Totally cool, we are human after all although if you stay committed, purge and adjust diligently each and every day? You very well may find that the benefits from disconnecting will far outweigh any risks.
This post was sent by one of my four iPads.
The real meaning of things lies deep down and the real meaning of things is always beautiful because it is simply love-
Minimalism is not about having just a handful of items to help you make it through the day. Minimalism is about having only what you need, and nothing more. Maybe it’s my blonde hair or maybe it’s my unabashed “dude” attitude towards life? Maybe it’s the handful of Yoga/Spiritual magazines in the corner bookstore that lament, nauseatingly about “How to simplify” your life that brought me to write today?
If you really want to start simplifying your life?
Gather up everything you use on a daily basis and proceed to stack these items somewhere (a box would be ideal although some items may be too large for a simple box). Every time you need something from this “box”, pick it out and find a place for it in your life. A simple toothbrush comes to mind, the bikes to ride around with the kids this coming spring. The TV, iPad, magazines and even this blog-o-post can stay in the box.
After a fair amount of time you will start to take notice of a few things: Your teeth are whiter, your breath is fresher. Listening to all four acts of Carmen by the brilliant french composer Georges Bizet (The only likable French dude the world has known) is infinitely more enjoyable than surfing the webz and watching wretched television programming. Your posture improves as you start to walk with your head held high, with confidence and purpose. A far cry from wandering around aimlessly with your head buried in a gadget.
Take note, I’m not trying to make you a minimalist, for I am far from it. Purging the useless items from our daily lives may very well take the rest of our lives to accomplish. The box … Will always be there to take items from and to place back.
A pleasurable mid-morning Walk followed by a handful of Walking Lunges and just for the fun of it: Cartwheels to reconnect with our inner child, gracefully.
CultFit.org in its present state? Is a mess and has been placed back in my “box“. The more you try to simplify “things” the more complicated they become. I suppose the very same logic applies to most of what we do on a daily basis?