Some extraordinary things have been happening to me of late. I mentioned before about the mind shift resulting from my “attitude of gratitude” daily goals. I do have renewed perspectives. I am looking at the world in a positive light and I am focused on what I want to achieve.
And I am achieving. It is all coming along slowly, but it is happening. We are 25 days into the new year and I have exercised every single day. That’s 25 days straight of exercise in some form or other. I am seeking opportunities to be more active. I am being sensible. I’m following specialist orders so that I don’t reinjure my knee and so that it does fully rehabilitate (which of course still means no Trek Training for awhile longer yet, unfortunately). 25th day of the year also means 25 days without anything but water, milk or almond milk to drink – mainly water. 25 days of eating ‘right’. Not one piece of refined sugar or processed food (other than food from a can that is whole food, eg diced tomatoes are just diced tomatoes, if you buy the right can) has passed these lips in 25 days.
But truthfully, the best thing has been the removal of Facebook. I still use twitter and instagram (my #photoaday and #attitutdeofgratitude challenges are playing out on instagram), but no other social media. The reason is, you don’t actually have to interact with anyone on either twitter or instagram. Yes, they too are problematic for many people (we all know the trolls), but at this point they are something I can disconnect easily from. I can walk away from it and not think of it again. Facebook was different for me and problematic for me, like it is for many people. Taking the advice of a psychologist, I walked away. Did the world collapse? No. Did I die? No. Did the earth shift off its axis? No. Did people notice? Some. Some actually have. Most have not, but some have. How do I know? Because people who I haven’t connected with in a very long time other than through Facebook have picked up their phone and called for a chat, for a coffee, for a visit. Connections became real. They may not have noticed that I wasn’t on Facebook, but they noticed the disconnect and they reconnected that thread. And that is something worth clinging on to.
My neighbour and I have both disconnected. The result? We spend time together each day running, walking, doing kettle bells and, most importantly, laughing. There is something wrong with the world when two people living side by side only communicate via technology.
Finally, I came upon this blog ‘How I got my attention back’. It leaves me with a resounding YES. He is more eloquent than I am and he says everything that I want to say. I totally get what he is saying. I got sucked into the game too and I have resurfaced. I’m putting this blogger down as a person I am grateful for.
End result? I am more attentive. I am a fitter person. I am a healthier person. I am a happier person, and those things make me a better mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend.
Today I am grateful for the friends who noticed my absence. You make the world a better place.