Monday, July 3, 2017

Beginner's Guide to Joyful Living -- Day 3


July 3, 2017 
The other day, as I looked at images on Tumblr and Pinterest, I stopped feeling inspired and began to fidget. What was wrong? Didn't I enjoy looking at layer cakes and border gardens? How could I turn away from 1001 ways to make confection's sugar? Surely I needed to learn how to style my bookcases, hair, kitchen counters, or pantry.  What about the secrets of a Brazillian Butt Workout? I could use that, right? Or how about "10 Ways to Use Dead Flowers?" Well, I'm exaggerating about that one. But not much. Everywhere I looked, someone had the answer to all of my problems, including the ones I didn't know about. I just wanted to go away and eat ice cream.
 Sometimes social media is awesome. Other times, it's too loud, rather like the midway at a county fair, with sideshow barkers luring me to check out marvelous, freaky things.

When you're suffering from information overload, you can hit the mute button.

"Aspire to live a quiet life,
to mind your own affairs,
and to work with your hands."
--Thessalonians 4:11





Today I will try to cultivate a quiet mind. 
I will keep my own counsel.
I will dig in the dirt.

39 comments:

  1. I agree 100%. Every once in a while it's nice to just switch off for a bit..

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  2. Michael Lee,
    I'm enjoying this insightful series. It's early in the morning and it helped me focus for the day. Thank you.Hope you have a day free of strife and full of loving life.

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    1. You have made my day, Judee! I wish you the same--a fun-loving, stress-free ay!

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  3. I know exactly how you feel. I think summer is a time to enjoy and sometimes we don't take that time and feel pressured to do other things besides just sit and say ahh.

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    1. And the holidays have become a sales-fest...the pressure is everywhere. I love to sit on the porch with a cup of coffee, my pup, and my journal. Heaven!

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    1. I'm so happy you are here, Jenna. Thank you!

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  5. I have been on info over load many times. Quiet and nature calm me down.

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    1. Nature is always the answer (though last night, the answer was to make ice cream). :-0

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  6. I've tried several different times to formulate a response to you about ur last 3 posts but finally calmed myself down and can only say Thank You. You have nailed social media for me to a tee! I don't do FB. I don't need that in my life...that anonymous constant gratification so many crave. I don't do Pinterest because there is no way any of my cooking or decorating will "look" like those. To me...a waste of time that I'd actually like to spend DOING the work. And I'm so tired of being in a room full of friends who have all their heads bent down reading their phones. I miss actual communication. I miss realness. I hate that my grandchildren who are 1-6 know more about phones than I do. And I miss getting excited about my blog because I'm so dang tired that it's just not so much fun anymore.
    I would like to leave you with a fave quote that sums up my feeling about social media vs. strong women:
    "The woman who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet. ". -mohadesa najumi-
    Love ya ms rattlebridge!!!

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    1. I love that quote! Lord, is it true. I feel the same way about FB. Each time I post, a little box comes up asking me if I want to promote the post. No! Well, fine, FB says, we won't show your post to anyone. (What's the point of FB?) This morning, I worked on tomorrow's post, and it may set off some fireworks. So be it. Stay tuned!

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  7. Love this! I do not do Facebook,Twitter Instagram or any of that. I usually do not even have my cell phone on! I know those I work with think I am crazy, but I can clearly see I am more happy than they are! I too hate it when visiting family, my three nieces are on their phones, texting,taking selfies and totally not in the moment with family that is there. I truly believe that our future will be non speaking, but at that time I will be gone! We are already dropping cursive writing in our schools! Social skills are on the decline!
    Blessings

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    1. Dropping cursive writing. That's terrible!!! I read somewhere that social media is putting all of us into bubbles. I agree--social graces are endangered!

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  8. How true - thank you for this great post.

    Mary

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    1. You are welcome, Mary. I hope you and the furkids have a wonderful 4th.

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  9. Thank you doesn't seem like enough, this is exactly what I needed to hear to day.

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    1. Bless you, Nonie. So happy you visited me today!

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  10. I couldn't agree more. I have never been on Facebook. I have no interest. I know it's good for some, and necessary for others, but if given the choice, I'll pick old fashioned face time. I'd rather live my life rather than read about others' moment by moment chronicles and their opinions, ad infinitum. Besides, when I've peeked at my husbands account I'm reminded of those horrible Christmas letters where every person's child is a Rhode's scholar or a star athlete and exotic vacations are taken every quarter. Inane jokes, divisive politics, narcissistic photos...nah, not for me. Okay, I'll admit it, my husband has shown me some darling animal videos. I know what I would be doing if I did open an account...

    Pinterest is inspiring to so many that I went on it for the first time today. I found it exhausting and kind of depressing. I'll never be that kind of person - you know the one that actually makes those things. Well, maybe one, once in a while.

    I find that too many choices and an overload of inspiration are not good for my soul. I'm with you. Let's go dig in the dirt and sweat our brains out.

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    1. I love cute animal videos, too--and images!

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  11. Thank you for this. I'm thankful to have the holiday off from work and plan to hit the mute button today and enjoy a family get together. As much as I enjoy seeing what my FB friends are doing for the holiday, it will be a "muted" Fourth!

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    1. A mute button is delicious as a milkshake!

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  12. Thank you for yet more sage advice. Yes, we all need to move to the quiet zone, cultivate a quiet mind and dig in the dirt. I've been off line today as I've enjoyed the neighborhood parade and then relaxed in the cool of our home all afternoon. I admit I plugged in to finish up my post for this week, but that's it. I am now visiting a few special friends. Happy 4th of July!

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    1. We had rain all day, but Tyler managed to keep the smoker going. Wishing you a happy 4th, too!

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  13. Well, Michael you've found an appropriate series to blog about. You've touched the nerve center of many problems occurring in our society and culture. One can't possibly keep up. Recently I came across a great article about dirt offering us a microbiome of beneficial bacteria and even aiding depression. Maybe that's why those who garden on a regular basis seem more content. Of course, this follows suit with the Japanese Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing and "earthing" practices. I remember purposely making mud puddles when I was young just to feel the mud squish between my toes. So, wallow in the dirt! You've got a perfect excuse now with Jasper!

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    1. That's interesting! I believe some sort of balm must be in the soil. Scotties are earth dogs, and it sure is hilarous to see him search under his bed for a toy. My husband said he wished we hadn't waited to get another dog..but I told him, we wouldn't have gotten Jasper. Things happen the way they are meant to.

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  14. I haven't been on Pinterest. I've posted pictures from my blog and saved some recipes. That's it. It's become overwhelming. All of it has.

    xo

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  15. Yes social media has become so overwhelming. Facebook drives me up the wall. (Husband likes it.) Like you all Pinterest offers too many PERFECT examples that I may never accomplish. I do like Instagram because my children and friends post funny things they and the grandchildren do. But even it becomes time consuming.
    So enjoying this series and all the comments.

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    1. I limit my time on all social media these days, even my fave, Instagram.

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  16. I had to chuckle at "I just wanted to go away and eat ice cream". I'm a social media failure, on FB for about 30 seconds before I'm intimidated and exhausted. Pinterest has been ruined by the "picked for you" and promoted pins. You can no longer see who you follow and what they're pinning. Everyone is on Instagram but I'm too tired to figure out how to navigate it. I think I'll Keep Calm and Dig in the Dirt (before 9 am :)

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    1. I agree--Pinterest has become a solitary activity. I feel cut off from everyone. I love Instagram, and I bet you would, too. My little gang is a hoot! But I believe Facebook bought if, and if they did, I live in fear it'll be turned into another Facebook, which I loathe more than rats and bees.

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  17. This is right up my alley, living a quiet life ;-)

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