A Discovery (of sorts)

I discovered something last week. Actually, calling it a “discovery” imbues it with significance and something akin to magic. That’s not what I’m talking about. And to say that I came across something new and unique isn’t really the truth, either.

But, I did finally admit that spending most of my week out in nature and not looking at a screen was really good for me. I think I spent about 5 minutes in Zuckerland, and limiting time with Fakebook was especially positive.

So as I move forward into the summer months, I’m planning to spend as little time online as possible. If I read blogs, I will have a routine and try to keep to just a handful of meaningful sites.

I am planning to continue with the blogging, but I’m not sure what other writing I’m going to be doing.

I begin a new part-time job with a local credit union this week. Efforts to connect with projects and nonprofit options have led me to a dead end. I feel like I’m transitioning into a new phase of life.

When I’m not working, or umpiring, I’m going to go out for rides on my bike, hitting the beach twice a month, and maybe I’ll even take up hiking—something I haven’t done in years.

For nearly 10 years I was connected to a lot of people. Then, over the course of the past couple of years, those contacts have fallen away. People have proven that when you can’t do the heavy lifting necessary to make them look good (so they can take the credit), it’s pretty certain that they’ll kick you to the curb, or worse, forget about you.

In my last book of essays, I titled the final one “Goin’ Back,” a nod to a song I loved by Nils Lofgren (written by Carole King). That essay was about my hometown and the changes that have been taking place there since I grew up.

I can’t return to the place in time that once existed. But I can get back to some things that are more genuine and personal than what technology is capable of delivering.


5 thoughts on “A Discovery (of sorts)

  1. Why is it Americans can’t do anything “in moderation?” Facebook was pleasant when it was just people sharing family pictures so others “across the miles” could see what was happening. Then it morphed into this “everything” source of news, contact, information, and grandstanding. As a friend said to me the other day, who needs FB anymore? Everyone can share pictures with i-phones.

    Like you, I’ve spent long hours in nature the last few weeks, working in my garden. It’s such a delightful tonic; the breeze, the sun, the birds. Flowers growing an inch a day.

    Going back sounds just about right.

  2. @Mark Thanks. I’m looking forward to learning about the CU world.

    @JAB What I hate about Fakebook is everyone’s need to push their political garbage off onto your property. I’m done with the site and people who need to always be right (even when they’re wrong).

    I am anxious to get over and see your handiwork in-person. Sounds like the perfect project for spring and launching your gardening in 2016.

  3. I didn’t know Nils could tickle the ivories… Hard to realize he’s spent 32 years in the E Street Band.

    “… Spending most of my week out in nature and not looking at a screen was really good for me.” Word. Amen. I’m finding it very hard to spend 40 hours a week in a cubicle with a monitor keeping America’s borders safe and then transition to a state of mind and energy where I can do what I feel I need to with living things. That’s a huge part of the game, keeping us so harried and hassled and distracted and preoccupied that we never develop the energy and focus of mind and heart to touch the truth around us.

    Even just walking barefoot in the grass, it’s all good. Leaving the monitors and the leeches behind, it’s all good.

  4. Like this Jim. With the change in my job I hope to spend meaningful time on Facebook…..may delete my Facebook page altogether…..and just do email…I have very few people and never use it anymore.

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