With the proliferation of the internet and smart phone in our lives, well my life at least, I find myself constantly distracted. Also this constant need to be entertained (which is so easy with the smart phone that it’s becoming a crutch). Previously I would entertain myself with a book.
I pledge to read the written word but mostly what I do read is off a lighted screen. I have information literally in my hands but is all that information necessary or even useful. I have to confess that most of it is trivia. I ask myself, am I really leaning anything substantial?
I need to get down to focusing on one thing and doing it slowly and well. Like reading a book, flipping the pages slowly and not rushing through. Perhaps it’s ok if I don’t know the meaning of a particular word or reference. Checking it on the internet just halts the reading process. At times like these I wish to return to the 90’s when all I had for checking was a physical dictionary and often I didn’t bother but tried to figure out the meaning based on the context, and moved on.