Often it takes outside forces to influence how you manage your life. I'm sure many of you can relate to how much we rely on the internet these days to work and socialise - it's not a luxury any more, it's a necessity. As life goes through transitions in the technical world we really have to keep up or risk not being involved in a society that relies heavily on instant communication.
When it fails it can do so on a grand scale - affecting everything we do from keeping up with family members to paying staff, all essential. We've always had issues with connectivity where we live - we chose an area more connected to the hilly, forested environment and therefore we have less mobile towers and constant interruption to our internet service. Lately it has been getting a lot worse and frustration starts to set in ... until you find patience and accept that's the way it is for now - find something else to do while it sorts itself out. I use the time to sort out all the 'stuff' surrounding us. Discardia (passing on or getting rid of material objects no longer needed) is a fantastic way to bring new energy into the house. With all the breaks in transmission it's given me a chance to do those long awaited jobs there never seems to be enough time (or inclination) for. I already feel lighter!
We have also had a few power blackouts which make things more challenging - but often end up sitting by candlelight and enjoying the silence. It's quite a shock to see how heavily we rely on power in the way we live our lives ... but truth be told I love candlelight and peace and quiet and maybe it's a timely interruption to all the noise.
I am beginning to find these unplugged interruptions somewhat amusing - like the universe is trying to tell us something. I know Bailey doesn't care at all - she's got the right idea - more naps!
Nature has a way of persisting no matter the obstacles - finding a way to bloom and grow even where least expected. When things don't work out as planned - often the grander plan is far better than the one we pave for ourselves. I will try and see each interrruption to our manic schedule as a sign to stop the busyness and smell the roses - get out amongst nature, see how resilient it can be despite its obstacles - and how we too can deviate from the road map we set ourselves each day.
|A friend shared this, very timely|
Perhaps it applies to every aspect of our life - being unplugged is similar to the sudden intrusions to our daily life that trauma and crisis may bring. The opportunity to stop, think about the path we've chosen and if the route we have mapped out is the best way to find what is meant for us. I know a few friends who are battling their own personal crisis and I am always buoyed by the way the human spirit can see the positive in what seems like insurmountable odds.
We aren't so different to nature in that way, taking the path less travelled to find our true north.
|© Vicki Lee Johnston|
This is my very first drawing which set me on a new path of learning - done in a moment of unplanned quiet with one of my children's school pencils - how much that choice to pick up a pencil has changed me and allowed a view of the world more intently focussed on the most beautiful subjects. In a moment my focus shifted to a new possibility. It has enriched my life beyond expectation - nature and art make a wonderful healing balm to life's challenges.
That's enough blogging for now .... not sure how long the internet connection will last!
Time to go outside and smell the frangipani which is in full bloom, a feast for the senses.