I'm definitely feeling the effects, in that it encourages me to stay in touch with people in more meaningful ways. Over the weekend I gave this good friend a call and caught up on each other's lives and other news. We also went to see a couple of friends for tea on Saturday, and had lunch with the same friends on Sunday. I think that's the most social weekend my husband and I have had over the past several weeks as we try to find balance with our very long working hours.
One might argue that it can be easy to do such things even with Facebook. Well, sure it can. However, I'm finding that interacting with people in more meaningful ways is more enriching to my life (and hopefully, the other person's life too). It can be all too easy to hibernate in the winter. And we all know how meaningful friendships and a support system are great for reducing stress and for overall well-being.
So. I'm working on making better choices overall, and trying to frame them in positive ways. I find that telling myself to choose something positive is more empowering than telling myself "NO _____". With that in mind, I ask myself: Does this activity serve as a mindless distraction, or truly enrich my life in some way?
Which made me think about the many ways I can choose something more positive in other areas of my life:
- Does this food nourish my body long-term, or satisfy a short-term craving?
- Does this "thing" provide beauty or serve a function (ideally both) in my home, or add to my clutter?
- Does this thought reflect compassion, or perpetuate harm? (I am my worst critic, after all.)
- Do my words speak of kindness, or negativity?
PS: An interesting article - The Joy of Quiet.