“Today is life; the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.” Dale Carnegie
If Social Media died tomorrow, what hobby might you get into? What alternative opportunities, interpretations and paths am I not seeing? Before the explosion of the internet and all its perils and benefits, we spent our time on other pursuits that kept us equally busy and focused. I find it hard to believe that six years ago or so, I spent less time on the internet and even less time writing about it. Today, there are endless ways to stay connected and Social Media has given us many terrific ways to socialize and network online. However, we are often tuned in and plugged in to a ton of information on the 24/7 highway that makes it difficult to focus on other things; thus creating opportunities for information overload and harrowing public gaffes like we’ve seen lately. How do we reclaim our time and life and follow alternative paths? What can/must we do to tune out the noise and turn into our quiet voice within; the inner journey… all answers to the unknown are there. Or are they?
#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge. The #Trust30 Prompt: Consistent daily action is only a virtue when bundled with a willingness to remain open to the unknown. In this exercise, look at your current quest and ask, “What alternative opportunities, interpretations and paths am I not seeing?”
When I read the prompts from MamaKat’s Writer’s Workshop: If Social Media died tomorrow, what hobby might you get into? and RalphWaldoEmerson.me: What alternative opportunities, interpretations and paths am I not seeing?, my initial reaction to the questions would be to say, tune out the noise, turn off the internet, reconnect with the things that give you joy; your hobbies, your friends and your family, new interests that involve movement and active pursuits that don’t involve a 14 inch screen… Meditation? Gardening? We can’t tune out and turn in unless we … stop. How can we consider alternatives, hobbies, new paths and interpretations if we don’t stop for a moment to regroup and reflect on our full range of inspiring options? What options would you recommend?
When good is near you, when you have life in yourself, it is not by any known or accustomed way; you shall not discern the foot-prints of any other; you shall not see the face of man; you shall not hear any name; the way, the thought, the good, shall be wholly strange and new. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
What alternative opportunities, interpretations and paths am I not seeing? Until we spend time away from the din and rat race, we won’t be able to truly reflect on the road ahead and see the forest for the trees. We need quiet and reflection for this to be clear. We can only discern good and the life in us when we spend contemplative time with ourselves.
The constant churning-out and gathering-in of info on the internet highway will not give us enough speed-bumps on the road to self that we need. A new path and an alternative approach is required. We can start with the familiar; things we did before we got caught up in the world wide web. You know, things like dancing, photography/writing/traveling for a living (my #1 choice), painting, knitting, walking in nature, making things, baking, and all those hobbies we packed away with our land line telephones… What are your thoughts? What do you need to tune out? What opportunities or paths are beckoning to you? What holds you back? Do share! Thank you. 😉
This post was inspired by a prompt from MamaKat’s Writer’s Workshop: If Social Media died tomorrow, what hobby might you get into? and RalphWaldoEmerson.me: What alternative opportunities, interpretations and paths am I not seeing?
Positive Motivation Tip: When we give ourselves the time and space to tune out the noise, we can tune in to our inner voice and our calling. Go inside…
- Reflections: Wherever We Go, There We Are (eof737.wordpress.com)
- Inspiration: To Thine Own Self Be True (eof737.wordpress.com)
- Ralph Waldo Emerson: Self Reliance Prompt #10 (miriamgomberg.wordpress.com)