Readability

Disconnect

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Some­times you have to sep­a­rate your­self from the Inter­net for a few wak­ing hours. I do it reg­u­larly in ser­vice to and in con­ver­sa­tion with my God. But I find that it’s also nec­es­sary to do it at home; not just to clean your house, to cook a meal, to fin­ish a novel, or any mun­dane life tasks like those. It’s nec­es­sary to do it to keep your­self sane. The speed at which infor­ma­tion and events are deliv­ered to us now is so fast that one feels lost. I do, at times. It’s one of the rea­sons that I don’t try to doc­u­ment news/​events as they hap­pen. I’ve tried; it makes me crazy and spurs an ongo­ing bat­tle I have with anxiety.

I’ve already talked about walk­ing. Usu­ally, I have a des­ti­na­tion and/​or a task in mind. But some­times I don’t. Often, I’ll take one of my devices along in order to lis­ten to whichever audio­book I’m in the mid­dle of. (One day I’ll fin­ish one of them.) But, some­times I don’t.

Some­times I need to be reminded that there’s a world sep­a­rate from the dig­i­tal space which seems end­less, always offer­ing, and — best/​worst of all — always request­ing input. It always seems to want to know what you have to offer. Often, I have nothing.

It might seem strange for a longtime-​blogger and author to think this way, but, iron­i­cally, my writ­ing comes far more eas­ily after a break to take in the “real” world around me. I say ‘hello’ to the peo­ple who live near me and who pass me on the street and the world seems bet­ter, if only for a short time.

I’m not pre­tend­ing that the world isn’t falling apart. I just don’t want to be reminded of it every wak­ing moment. There’s beauty and good­ness still out there. Small pock­ets of it, to be sure. But it’s there. And it makes me feel bet­ter for the seeing.

SPEAK­ING OF BEAUTY: Happy Anniver­sary to Mr. and Mrs. Ingemi. God bless.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel will be done in 2016. Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s Projects JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism — -»»

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unpluggby baldilocks

Sometimes you have to separate yourself from the Internet for a few waking hours. I do it regularly in service to and in conversation with my God. But I find that it’s also necessary to do it at home; not just to clean your house, to cook a meal, to finish a novel, or any mundane life tasks like those. It’s necessary to do it to keep yourself sane. The speed at which information and events are delivered to us now is so fast that one feels lost. I do, at times. It’s one of the reasons that I don’t try to document news/events as they happen. I’ve tried; it makes me crazy and spurs an ongoing battle I have with anxiety.

I’ve already talked about walking. Usually, I have a destination and/or a task in mind. But sometimes I don’t. Often, I’ll take one of my devices along in order to listen to whichever audiobook I’m in the middle of. (One day I’ll finish one of them.) But, sometimes I don’t.

Sometimes I need to be reminded that there’s a world separate from the digital space which seems endless, always offering, and—best/worst of all—always requesting input. It always seems to want to know what you have to offer. Often, I have nothing.

It might seem strange for a longtime-blogger and author to think this way, but, ironically, my writing comes far more easily after a break to take in the “real” world around me. I say ‘hello’ to the people who live near me and who pass me on the street and the world seems better, if only for a short time.

I’m not pretending that the world isn’t falling apart. I just don’t want to be reminded of it every waking moment. There’s beauty and goodness still out there. Small pockets of it, to be sure. But it’s there. And it makes me feel better for the seeing.

SPEAKING OF BEAUTY: Happy Anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Ingemi. God bless.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s Projects JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>

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