You know what I did this weekend, Internet? I took a nap.
Hardly shocking behavior, I know. But for me? It was a major accomplishment. Before I could lie down on the couch and curl up in a ray of sunshine, I had to do two things.
- Make the difficult decision to ignore my never-shrinking To Do list.
- Shut. My. Mind. Off.
That last one? Took major willpower to pull off. There are always 5 million things pulling at the back of my brain. Always. To ignore them, I have to put on some heavy duty noise-cancelling mental headphones and turn the volume up to 11.
But I did it.
I napped for more than an hour, undisturbed. And when my daughter woke from a bad dream, still sleepy from her own nap, we laid back down on the couch and slept some more. It was beautiful.
You know what else I did?
- I weeded my flower beds
- Had a conversation with my husband
- Read a book (a real book, not the electronic kind)
- Enjoyed (yes, I said enjoyed) a trip to Kmart with my daughter
- Bought some cleaner from a homeless man
- Helped teach my daughter how to ride a tricycle
- Went swimming at the pool
- Took my dog for a walk
Did you notice what’s missing from that list? Any mention of tweeting, blogging, emailing or any other form of social networking.
I turned it off. All of it. In fact, I semi-on purpose lost my phone early Saturday morning and didn’t bother to find it until today. It was beautiful. Beautiful, I tell you.
Truth is, I sometimes get so caught up in my “online life” that I sometimes forget to appreciate the beauty of what’s around me. And you know what? The world is beautiful. Mostly.
Not all of it (I’d gladly hide my nose in this computer from now until judgement day if it meant I never had to look at a sink full of dirty dishes again), but most of it. I’m going to try and take a little more time to enjoy it from now on.
I’m afraid that if I don’t? The next time I look up from my computer screen, Tori will be a teenager walking away with the car keys in her hand. And I? Will be wondering what on earth happened to my life.
As Ben Franklin said, “Do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.”
Well said, Mr. Franklin. Well said.