For my honeymoon, I spent 10 days in the Dominican Republic. Aside from being a beautiful (although largely impoverished) country, I lacked many of the conveniences of home.
I had no phone, no Internet, no computer.
In the weeks prior to my departure, I was already committed to decluttering my life. I go through this stage periodically; it’s a sort of metaphysical spring cleaning. So when all I had in the DR was a book and a beach, I didn’t miss any of the aforementioned “necessities.” In fact, I enjoyed being away from them.
Certain friends will call this next statement blasphemy, but I’m sometimes nostalgic for the ’70s and ’80s before social media and the World Wide Web. While these are great tools (if used properly and in moderation), they can also be great distractions and damaging to productivity. We must be vigilant to make them work for us, not the other way around.
I’m going through another of these simplification seasons right now—which is the inspiration behind Mind/Body/Word. I have a tendency to make things more complicated than they need to be, or I pursue more interests than I should, when I know that the most important things in life are few in number.
I count myself fortunate to be part of the last generation to come of age before the digital era; so I know how life used to work before Wikipedia and answering machines. I’m trying to regain some of that simplicity, even if that means sitting in silence to reflect on my thoughts.
On that note, when was the last time you took a walk in nature? I think you might like it.
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The Founding Fathers believed that civic virtue was built on education and knowledge. However, a significant number of people now believe, for no reason but self-affirmation, that they know better than experts in almost every field. Where did we go wrong?
Imagine a world where you didn’t have to wait for hours at a doctor’s office. Amazing, I know. While virtual medicine is becoming more of a reality, NASA has been making advances of their own for some time because, after all, how are astronauts supposed to receive medical care while aboard the International Space Station?
I’ve been a long-time advocate for using the Oxford comma. Not only does this little piece of punctuation promote clarity, it gives you an extra tool as a writer. Well, I found the article to end all debate. A court’s decision hinged on the absence of an Oxford comma. Guess which side won.
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