Getting My Book On

I unplugged for 24 hours over the weekend – the first time, I think, I have ever deliberately done that. March 1 was the National Day of Unplugging and when a friend wrote about it I had one of those, “I’m gonna do it!” reactions – hastily proclaimed and later regretted. When Friday evening came and it was time to shut down I was balanced directly on the point of the fencepost, wondering if I really needed to follow through while knowing that I did.

So I did and it was great and now I know why people do this all the time.

We decided Saturday called for an adventure, so we went out to a provincial park not too far from here and wandered through the trails, over bridges and streams and among trees. It was an afternoon with a lot of Instagram potential. I didn’t succumb, though I did take some pictures and posted them later that night.Bridge-Big-Hill-Springs

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately…”

I quoted Thoreau when I posted it because that’s just how I felt. It’s how I feel about a lot of things lately – I want to be deliberate about what I’m doing.

I want to take a picture because I want to frame the moment in my life, not in an edited, filtered Instagram.

I want to listen to Connor in the moment so that he knows I’m listening to him, instead of wondering later if he feels as though I don’t ever really pay attention.

I want to read something because it interests me or because it sparks a thought or because it makes me a better writer.

I took a nature hunt list with us when we went to the park, and we all happily searched for the items. Something rough, it said. Something smooth. Something green. Something you think is beautiful. I wondered what Connor would choose as something he thought was beautiful.

He chose a pine cone.

I spend too much time on Facebook and I’ve been aware of it for a while. I get up to feed Ethan at night and read Facebook. I browse while I eat breakfast. I check my news feed while Connor watches TV during the day.

It’s the thief of my time, inspiration and presence and I needed to quit.

In doing so I’ve rediscovered my love of books and the attention span needed to read them. Because that’s what I’ve decided on for March – I’m going to read. Every day. And not just two paragraphs before my eyelids close at night.

Thanks to a suggestion from Angela on my post looking for ideas for my March focus I’m going to try reading with Connor. Not reading to him, but reading with him. We read to him already – every night before bed. But I’d like to try sitting down next to him while we both read a book we’re interested in. Reading is a good thing to model, and I think he will enjoy the time together too.

So that’s my focus for March – I’m going to unplug from social media a little and plug into life a whole lot more.

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Comments

  1. Reading is a good thing. A very good thing. Good for you!

  2. I’m with you I noticed that I’m bad at it also and try to only be on at night and first thing in the morning. Some things like Pinterest I use but consider that more for my work. (Directions for recipes mostly new ones, or directions for a craft we are doing) but I try to get them written down the day before it doesn’t always work out that way. Bravo for you mama!!

    • It’s only been a few days but I’m already feeling better not just hanging around scrolling through Facebook. Way better!

  3. I think that the idea of a national unplugging day is brilliant! (and honestly, it seems some kind of shame that we need that) During the rush days we often forget about the most important things, while getting lost in our devices and digital communication. I admit it that happiness is nice to share but it must contain REAL experiences, for example reading, like you’ve mentioned. Unfortunately, I cannot remember when was the last time I could sit down with a book, but you’ve inspired me to do so. It won’t ruin my day when I have a 20minutes break:)

    • It is sort of sad that we need a day to encourage people to do this. I wonder what things will be like 50 years from now…

      And so glad to hear you’re inspired to read! It doesn’t have to be long. Just enjoyable!

  4. love thoreau. he’s brilliant. and I am so so excited at the thought of one day reading WITH my children too. I used to teach 6th grade literature and that was one of my favorite things to do–read alongside my students. discuss. dream. get lost. get found. I think it’s such a good thing to unplug once in awhile. We carry so much around with us all the time…it’s good to put the internet down. xoxo

    • Connor can’t actually read yet, but I’m looking forward to sitting down with him. Presuming he’ll sit still, that is. But yes, I’m SO looking forward to getting into reading with him, especially chapter books.

  5. This sounds like a great goal.

  6. I’m so glad it sounded like a good idea to you! We’re working on it, too.

  7. Can I just gush over how I love everything about this post?! Good.

    I love the picture from the woods. It is beautiful, and peaceful, and matches the Thoreau quote perfectly.

    I love that you had such a great time while unplugged (I need to unplug more often, too).

    I love that March’s goal is going to be reading. And that you are going to really intentionally read with your Connor more. That is awesome.

    And I really love that quote at the end. Because it made me giggle and nod all at the same time.

    • I’m so glad you liked it! I thought this was going to be a fairly boring, FYI-I-decided-to-read sort of post, but it ended up being something quite different.

  8. I think I’m going to jump right on board with you! What a great inspiration you are.

  9. I totally know how you feel… I have found myself unplugging a lot more lately. I just feel like I miss REAL life…

  10. i like to disappear in the woodwork for a while. creating memories is far more important than anything in this world. i’m glad that you gave it a whirl ;) it’ll free you…i swear.

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