Like many others, I have been living in a state of constant vigilance since early November of last year.
The world I knew and trusted has been turned on its head and shaken out sideways. Keeping a weather-eye on the news has become a way of life. The news keeps coming. It is a continual flow, disgorgement, spewing 24/7 and it is beyond my control. Since I can exert no control over the situation, its become my habit to check for the latest online every 15 minutes or so, just to be in on whatever is going down. I'm tired. It is making me ill and I cannot keep this up much longer. It is time to disengage; if not fully, then partially. I need to slow down as well.
This week I plan to check the news only at 6pm. Instead I'll work on my little projects, enjoy my garden, converse with people either in person or on the phone instead of texting. I will avoid political “shares” on Facebook, and listen to “Nightvale” instead of the BBC. While walking with the dogs, I'll skip the music and tune in to the world around me; I may even take photos with my Canon (not my phone). Since its easy to bike to the grocery store, I'll shop for dinner and cook new recipes every night. Instead of watching TV, I'll challenge all comers to a game of Scrabble or Gin. Tomorrow, I will start reading Proust.