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Take breaks

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Are you feeling a little wired? Do you need to unwind? Are your connections a little frayed? Do you feel like you are stuck in a loop? Are you hanging on by a thread? DISCONNECT or at least think about it for a little bit.

I tried to put myself in the position of a younger person and this need to stay connected through electronic devices while beneficial in many ways can also be bad, in my outspoken opinion.

Photo by Mike Hartley

Being older I rely on them less. I do use them to enhance the personal and professional relationships I have and I do use Social Media (mainly here) for my digital voice but the emphasis has to be on those real relationships. I don’t do this for likes or views or comments or followers. I do it because I hope someone relates to it and maybe smiles at something or likes a photo or is inspired by a thought or just a laugh.

Some family and friends follow along but I don’t even mention it much to any of them or ask them to tag along.

I’m not saying digital people can’t become real friends online and remain that way. Connections and real communications and feelings are great to share even electronically. I have a sister-in-law across the country. Most of our talks are by email. But when she comes some of those very genuine conversations result in long and loving embraces and more conversations when we see each other.

I found myself getting sucked into Facebook and have retreated from it drastically. I’ve also been on a mission to cut my screentime on the smartphone.

There are a couple of people I would love to meet and say thank you to in person that I’ve met since starting this blog. Their simple words of inspiration at times have made me feel confident to continue on this meandering path I’ve been on. I think I’ll get to that this year.

I guess all I’m trying to say in a roundabout way is to find a good balance. Look up from the screen, step away from the computer and go outside. Leave the cell phone home. I know, just see if you can do it. It’s a good start.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • This morning felt like a “get yer ya-ya’s out” type of morning. I have no idea why that phrase popped into my head. So I went to the Urban Dictionary to make sure I had the right feeling in mind. And interestingly enough it was right on the money – Originally a rolling stong stones live album, (get yer ya ya’s out) the term usually means “to get your extra energy out” or “to blow off some steam”. One can do this many ways, it really depends on what type of person you are.
  • Life is pretty easy if your honest with yourself and others. And remember you got to do the first before you can do the second.
  • It’s important to not spend time regreting the opportunities you have passed by. But it is important to know that you have made that mistake and not to repeat it in the future.
  • I see a Maryland crabcake in my near future.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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