Our days are full.
For most of us, from the moment we wake up in the morning, our days are ripe with noise and busyness and rushing. At the end of the day, we are tired. We are so very tired.
Can you relate to any of these feelings?
"I'm tired of trying to keep it all together. My team needs me. My spouse needs me. My kids need me. I feel like I am already living with a wall of regret."
"I'm exhausted. I'm on 24/7. I feel like I can't turn off because if I do my career will slow down and my boss will think I'm a lazy sloth and I will miss my dentist appointment and I'll never get my side hustle off the ground and I won't know about my friend's new puppy and..."
"I come home from work feeling numb. The only thing I have energy for is scrolling and Netflix. And more Netflix. And more Instagram. And more Facebook. At the same time. I've been on social long enough to know it's a waste of time but I. CAN. NOT. STOP. I don't know what else to do."
It takes a powerful no to say a powerful yes.
A couple of years ago, I decided to step away from this kind of bombardment to discover what life might be like without the windows of my day crowded by news and punditry, busyness and chatter.
I gave up the Internet for 31 days.
It was a time of slowing, quieting and coming close to family and my immediate community in our west end neighbourhood of Toronto.
Unplugging was like someone taking an eraser to the chalkboard of my mind and wiping it entirely clean.
I could hear. I was still. I spent my time and attention with intention.
All of us can sense that there's something wrong with our relationship with time.