Time in the Digital Desert

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“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving

Terry Pratchett, “A Hatful of Sky”

It’s been over a year since my last post. in which I talked about digital dieting.

I decided it wasn’t enough, so I took it one step further, and decided to not just diet, but Fast.

I came off all social media. All of it.

I restricted myself to email, and that in only limited amounts.

I wanted to see what would happen.

At first, it was weird. I found it hard to use the time freed up time productively. It was as though I knew I should be doing something, but not sure what.

Then, it changed.

I have aways been an avid reader and researcher, as well as a connector. I was able to do more, and not only more, but different and challenging. Meeting people I probably wouldn’t have otherwise, who introduced me to topics and ideas I otherwise would not have come across.

The end result has been both joyous and cleansing. Leaving some things behind, makes room for new things, and new things stimulate new ideas and ways of seeing.

In times of rapid change, we like to hold on to the familiar, even when we know, really, it no longer serves us, or those we serve.

For my own part, it has moved me from being surrounded by others ideas of “retirement” (I am that sort of age) to the energy of “Re-attirement” (Thanks Michael B!), a commitment to wearing a new attitude and mindset that defines the next stage of my adventure.

I think for all of us, particularly at those points when we may feel “stuck” or heavy under the weight of the expectation of others, time away is invaluable.

It’s good to be back, although it’s a different me, with a different plan, ready to go in 2019.



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