I just returned from a fun trip to Chicago to visit family and friends. As I drove back from the city to my rural life in Northern Michigan, I was astonished by how dark and quiet it was in contrast to my time in the city. At first I felt a bit uneasy by the quiet, but then I started to settle back into what has become my new life in the "open nest". I miss all my family but I also realize we all need a little quiet time.
I feel like we are constantly distracted by outside influences on television, on the internet and all around us in this world where we are always connected. I read this great Op-Ed Sunday in the New York Times that talks about how many of us are addicted to distraction and find it hard to focus on anything for any length of time.
Many of us spend more time checking our phones than talking to the people we are actually with. It has become a big problem in the workplace and in relationships. Have you ever observed a group of people at a restaurant and a large percentage of them are on their phone? Our devices can be a great way to connect but they can also be a path to distraction, discontent and disconnection. We are often comparing ourselves to all the other Snapchats, Instagrams and Facebook posts of others that it can lead to Fomo (fear of misssing out), a real modern day phenomenon. Of course we have all experienced this at one time or another in our lives but now it can be constant, especially if you are becoming obsessed by likes and followers.
I think we all need a little more quiet time in our lives just to think, read and contemplate the world. I think I will just take a time outside with my dog today. I am wishing you all a little time out before all the hustle and bustle of the next holiday.