It’s been quiet, save for a few crickets, on the DTA blog and FB pages.
I’ve been off of the electronic grid for almost three weeks, the longest time span away in almost a decade.
It truly was the cure for what had been ailing me.
In mid December I took some time to look within and decided I wanted to slow down.
I made the decision to step away from the blog and facebook except for a few scheduled posts. I then just turned off the computer and slowly looked at life around me.
Taking a slower place allowed me to choose the best in everything instead of making swift, off the cuff, choices that often end up totally wrong.
It was hard at first to not want to turn on the computer but then I became busy with other lovely things. I scrubbed and cleaned areas of the house that really needed it.
It was kind of eye opening to realize just how much the computer sucked time away during the day. I read books that had been long on my “must read” list, watched wonderful holiday movies and took long walks to bask in the sunshine.
My family spent such meaningful time together. We truly enjoyed creating memories and savoring our surroundings.
Once we left the country and traveled to Panama it became even easier to not be tempted by electronics. I limited myself to just ten minutes day opting to swim in warm ocean waters instead.
I discovered that life still happened. I had just been missing most of it while trying to feverishly capture it on camera. I saw not one, but two amazing blue butterflies and just reveled in the magical experience. I learned that I really didn’t need to know why the chicken was crossing the road but just to enjoy that it did.
In the quiet stillness I was blessed with seeing things that I normally would miss.
Being alert made it possible for me to quickly determine what might be bad for me.
I knew that if I went back to my old ways I might miss truly seeing what is pure, light and altogether lovely. Much like the crane in this picture.
Upon my return I faced a gigantic stack of mail, almost 400 emails and over 500 unread blog posts. I started to open them and found that most fell under the category of “Finding Your Bliss in the New Year” by means of diet or organizing. I quickly lost two hours by being on the computer to learn what I already knew. I made the hard decision to delete the rest and walked away. I indeed began organizing my life by putting the Christmas decor away and went into the kitchen to make a yummy lasagna on a rainy day instead of merely reading about it. These choices made my heart take flight.
It reminded me of this toucan. I had never seen one up close. I took such delight in his blue feet and multicolored beak. Sure he had a lot going on but somehow made it work beautifully. Even though his enormous beak was almost the same size as his body he was still able to fly just by sheer pererverance.
When an idiot kid threw a potato chip and a piece of watermelon at him he slowly surveyed the sitution with his gorgeous green rimmed eye. Then he purposely selected the good and savored it.
May you find your bliss in this new year.