Logging Out

Logging Out

I used to read. A lot.

I would keep a paperback book in my purse so I could pick up wherever I left off on whatever book I was currently reading. I would read a few pages at a restaurant while waiting for our reservation to be ready.  If I got to my workout class early and had a few minutes to kill in the car, I would open my book. And plane rides!? Oh boy! It wasn’t matter of if I would read or not, it was  matter of how many books I could fit in my carry-on because all I would do on the flight – and the ensuing vacation – was read.

But then, something changed.

All the in-between time I spent reading books was slowly replaced over time. While in line at the grocery store, I started pulling my phone out of my purse and idly scrolling. Before bed I would check my apps only to put the phone down and habitually check them again.  And the very worst? At a quick stoplight I pick up my phone to get a quick hit digital dopamine. Ugh.

So recently, I decided to change.

On the Friday before Memorial Day weekend I logged out of every app on my phone. Knowing that this holiday weekend was typically full of oversharing online, I knew it was the perfect weekend to take it completely offline. I did not scroll. I did not swipe. I did not stare. Without all of the social my phone was just that – a phone and was only needed to make a call or send a quick text to confirm plans with friend. What a novel idea!

And guess what happened when I stayed off my phone all weekend? I read an entire book.

I now log out regularly to keep me from the digital distraction and put me in the present moment and back in front of more books.

 

Magic

Magic

I have always* felt it. Well, not always. But often. And when I have felt it, it has been overwhelming. What I am talking about can best be described as MAGIC. And no, I’m not talking about rabbit-out-of-a-hat type of magic. I am talking about a feeling.

The feeling you get when your heart is beating with excitement and you simultaneously are extremely calm because you know you are exactly where you should be at that moment.

The feeling you get when you read a book that lucidly articulates your belief system that you have never been able to put into words.

The feeling when you realize you are moving in the right direction of your purpose.

This is magic to me. And I am getting that feeling now.

I’m pressing publish on my first blog post. A blog I have been thinking about for years and am finally putting into action. I’m doing it now without any expectation or need for anything in return.

But the funny thing is, I also know that what you put out into the universe is returned to you. And that’s the most magical thing of all.

*Do people still tweet anymore?