Friday, April 12, 2013

Taking A Step Back.....

  In a previous blog entry, A Declaration!, I talked about taking one day out of the week and not turning on my computer.  I would like to take that a step further by taking a step back.  In this high technology world, our attentions are constantly being pulled into all directions.  Are we doing justice to all these simultaneous endeavours?  Makes me think of the old adage; Jack of all trades and master of none.  I have already chosen to take one day of the week to find some rest and solace from the other six days.  On that day, Sunday in my case, I try not to find the need to turn on my computer.  Most of the time this effort is successful, I am human after all!  On that day of personal rejuvenation, I also have instituted the practice of only listening to classical music on the radio.  Actually, this was something I use to do years ago when my children were small.  They would refer to the classical music station on the radio as the 'Sunday station'.
  Ok, so one day a week I can unwind and unclutter my mind.  That is six whole days without 'refreshment'!  May I offer this suggestion that I find helpful?  Occasionally, through the week, I will 'snack' on a clip from Classic Arts Showcase.  There is something very calming and relaxing when watching and listening to a ballet or orchestral piece.  In my case, I watch it on Dish Network channel 9406.  There are other sources if you click on their name (Classic Arts Showcase), above, and then click on 'Find A Station In Your Area'.
  Don't get me wrong!  The rest of the six days, I am cranking out the pop music and oldies while working the computer, smartphone, tablet, and what have you!  But we all need to catch our breath and recharge so we can be better for ourselves, our families, and our friends.

Rest when you're weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work. - Ralph Marston