If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning, torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor the world. That makes it hard to plan the day.
It’s an entirely challenging task getting to live this just one life.
E.B. White summarizes the dilemma as well as I can imagine when he describes the tension between wanting to savor and wanting to save. For most of us who are raising children there is a constant tug-o-war in our minds/hearts as we decipher how best to live each day, especially when making choices about how we work. Nothing better than savoring the delight of our children, though, most all of us agree on that. Sure my boys fight and squabble, they ignore me when I ask them to put on their shoes, they leave their room a mess, and they forget to say, “please” in front of Grandma. But not a cell in my body denies this: my boys are simply miraculous. I constantly remain awestruck while in the midst of my family. And yes, just like those ahead of me warn, it does feel as if their childhood is coming at lightening speed.
So as the torrid waves of “work-life-balance” perpetuate, I’m unplugging for a few weeks just as I’ve done the last 2 years. A true believer that digital-free time is essential, I’ll use this post to ensure I check-out of the Internet for a bit. After sundown Friday I’ll be off Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn (maybe even Instagram), off the blog, and only sporadically into my email. I’ll still be at clinic and also on KING5 News. The rest of the time I’ll be with my family as we work to live mindfully, enjoy the end of summer, and prep for the onslaught of autumn.
Be well until September. In the meantime here’s some good reading:
- Your Brain on Computers — an award winning series by NYT writer, Matt Richel that examines “how a deluge of data can affect the way people think and behave.”
- Slow Ideas a brilliant essay on innovation in The New Yorker from Dr Atul Gawande. Find a seat and carve out a 1/2 hour to enjoy.
- Work-Life Balance Isn’t The Point — Harvard Business Review blog post about the elusion of searching for “balance” with a few unusually helpful tips.
- I’m Still Here: back online after a year without the Internet — writer Paul Miller details his year offline and his mistaken assumptions.
- Reflections on my 2012 digital break: Striving for Polygamy and the 5 Things I Learned during my 2011 August time offline.