This month has been a struggle and I have noticed a few things good and bad. Since I am all about keeping this space honest and not making it look like changing core aspects of yourself is a walk in the park here are some observations I have made in pursuit of a less technology influenced Zen. I use my phone a lot. I mean enough that I can really notice and physically struggle not to use it. So not proud of that. In my mind’s eye I see a much more evolved version of myself. Unfortunately, the harsh light of day I see me and my phone.
Giving up social media is really hard when your job and your volunteer work require you to use it. If I am being totally honest there are parts of it I really miss, but parts I am grateful that I am missing. I really truly miss keeping up with the Good Mews Shelter on our Facebook Page. I could tell which kitties got adopted and support other volunteers and I do feel out of the loop and not in that zen mountain top kind of way, but in that I am not fully supporting my friends and organization kind of way. Also there are times that social media really provides some micro-local information faster than anywhere else. See how by using my phone less I have had time to completely invent words like “micro-local”. For instance we had another snow and ice event and I am not going to lie I used social media to get updates on roads, the County’s status since I work there and the school system where my husband works. I also used it to make sure my friends and family were okay. The other thing I miss is that these platforms, particularly Facebook, are a way to stay connected to family and friends I don’t see. No, it is not the same as Face to face. I feel that in the rare instances when we can get together face to face I feel closer to them because I am connected to them through this platform.
What I did not miss and where I think I sometimes got dragged along is all the other stuff. The vitriol, the news stories, the fighting, and proselytizing. I don’t think that elevates the discourse. I can’t tell you how glad I was to have the mental peace of mind during the whole Government shutdown. I think what has come out of this is a more intentional use of social media. I think I may actually post less and support more. I can better prioritize what to use the platform for so it becomes a benefit and not a distraction.
On using the phone less as a whole that has had mixed results and interesting revelations also. This post has been long enough. I will expand on that in my next post. Hope your new year is off and running.