I received an email from a friend of mine the other day. He was informing all his “friends” that to simplify his life, he was closing down his Facebook account. From now on, he said, he would welcome communication via emails, phone calls and snail mail. The END! No tweets! No Skype! No Facebook updates! No IM’s! His message was a clarion call to simplify his life. A recent story on NPR spoke of how people are feeling overwhelmed with all the information venues to communicate (and not getting much else done trying to keep up with it all). One expert suggested an “Internet Sabbath.” Various news reports confirm that people have really sloppy boundaries when going on vacation (hauling their blackberries, lap tops, cell phones, Ipads, etc.) just to stay “in touch.” Experts predict a huge backlash is coming with all this technology, and perhaps it has started. Technology isn’t bad, but we were never meant to be “plugged in” all the time. Technology becomes bad when one has an ego addiction to check in continually to get a fix on feeling accepted, updated, etc. Today people are having a difficult time being alone without a computer screen. The implications are not good. Time to simplify!
• Stress Tip For The Day:
Are you feeling stressed with all the means to communicate these days? Does your life seem more complicated now than it did 10 years ago? Do you spend more time with virtual friends and less (perhaps hardly any) with real friends and family? Time to makes some changes! Time to simplify your life! Time to instill some healthy boundaries, perhaps take a weekend Sabbath from the Internet, and/or unplug while going on vacation. Pick one area in your life today and simplify it!
• Links/Books Worth Noting:
A short Katie Couric interview about taking an internet Sabbath. Consider getting your weekends back and restoring your personal and or family life. Check it out!
• Quote for the Day:
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” — Leonardo da Vinci
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” —Albert Einstein
Photo of the Day:
This photo was taken while on vacation up in the Canadian Rockies near Lake Louise. This lake is called Moraine Lake and looks even prettier in person. Enjoy!
Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of stress management, mind-body-spirit healing and stress and human spirituality. He is the author of over 10 books including the bestsellers, Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water, Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward, The Art of Calm, Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart and Managing Stress (6E). He can be reached through his website:www.brianlukeseaward.net
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