Lately I’ve been obsessed with the idea of buying an ebook reader.
It’s simple really. I love to read, and I’m finding a comfort in returning to simpler, less distracting activities. I’m growing tired of multi-tasking. Actually, I’ve discovered I’m not very good at multi-tasking. I like to focus, to take time to think and reflect about what I’m doing.
I also have too many books taking up space and gathering dust. They, like my other possessions, are weighing me down, taking away my ability to travel lightly.
I enjoy keeping up with the latest electronic gadgets. They do make life simpler in many ways. And they allow us to connect with each other more easily and more often. But when the computer’s on, I find myself checking email, reading the latest news, looking at the most recent feeds, updating my website, returning messages…. It never ends, until I turn it off.
Are Simple Things Possible Today?
I guess life is like that. We get seduced by the latest trends, the flashiest technologies. The simple things seem less attractive.
Too many people in our world today value externals. People are restless, seeking constant stimulation, constant activity, and constant feedback. The news is on 24/7, with self-proclaimed experts arguing the issue “du jour” non-stop. Introspection and quiet reflection seem to be discounted these days.
People have forgotten how to look inside for answers.
Honoring Both the Inner and Outer Pathways in Your Life
If you want to live authentically, you must set aside time to get in touch with yourself. Give yourself some space from all the distractions.
But you won’t find all the answers there. After all, we live in community. We’re connected to one another. Much must also be discovered “on foot”, as you move forward in your journey. It’s important to honor both the inner and outer pathways in your life.
As Herminia Ibarra wrote in her book, Working Identity, we learn about ourselves through experience, as we interact with others, try on new roles, and allow ourselves to experiment with possibilities.
So, yes, I will be getting an ebook reader… after I read just a few more reviews on my computer…
Do you ever find yourself yearning for simple things in this noisy time of ours?