Peace and Quiet

Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is Patience.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When the world is in an uproar, sometimes you just need to find a place to find quiet.

Yesterday I happened across a posting by one of my YouTubers that caught my eye. He mentioned “the mason jar I put my phone in”. I looked and, yes, it was a mason jar and, yes, it had a lid with a clasp.

The idea was so simple, yet elegant. To disengage from the world at large, put your phone in a place that would require Effort to pick it up and scroll messages, social media, etc.

I am certain I am not alone as one who is exhausted by all The NEWS that might, or might not, be necessary to know right now. Repeats of repeats of repeats, etc. Things that tell me nothing new. Granted, there are those for whom such information is new, but still…

I find myself recalling when the local newspaper (in my town at least) was a once a week occurrence. The nightly news was exactly that: nightly. It wasn’t every hour on the hour with all sorts of interruptions. You had the evening broadcast, usually at dinner time, and the late news, usually just before the “Tonight Show”. In our case, 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

The sad thing about cable is that it is voracious. It needs to have material to broadcast even when there really isn’t that much New Material. Hence the 24/7/365 news cycle.

And we wonder why the world today is exhausting.

Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.

Oprah Winfrey

While the world sorts itself out, I can not but consider that this might be the Universe’s way of informing us that our priorities might be out of whack, that we need to slow down – or more accurately that we will slow down. Now. That, perhaps our attention has not been on the things of real importance but on things that pretended to be important.

Food for thought.

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