November 30, 2009 in Michele's Blog
The title in and of itself is intriguing, I know. And, sorry to disappoint but it doesn’t have anything to do with me overcoming my addictions to anything dramatic like drugs and alcohol. (I did however get introduced to a delightful new cocktail over the weekend…but I’ll save that for another post!)
Over the holidays, I always try to take a break from technology (for the most part—I did have to look up definitions to my Aunt DeDe’s ‘imaginative’ word selections during our games Thanksgiving Day). The phone is on silent. The computers are turned off, the TV only gets turned on for a holiday movie. No blogging, no e-mailing, no texting, no facebooking…just good old fashioned real life, in person stuff to relax and hopefully spending the time fully ‘present’, if you know what I mean. The buzz of technology can be a beautiful thing, but it can also be a huge distraction, time stealer and overall space invader, so it’s healthy for me to take a break from it now and then. My travel time in the car was spent reading some of my new books, doing brain teasers with Madeline, chatting with Jon about projects we’re wanting to build, and listening to some new tunes. When everyone has their heads in their phones or laptops 24/7, a lot of great stuff passes by unnoticed or unsaid, and for me personally it’s very draining. I feel like I get a bit behind with things when I do this, but you know what, the world doesn’t end, and I can pick up right where I left off. Ironically whenever I ‘shut down’ for a few days, a lot of wonderful things are waiting for me when I ‘turn back on’ and whatever ‘beats’ I did miss will show up on another day in another way. It’s honestly a real refresher and time feels like it kind of slows down, which in and of itself, makes it time well spent.
The other ‘break’ is a 10 day detox that I try to hammer out a couple times a year. I’ve always wanted to do it with the start of every season, but I’m lucky to get it done once or twice and the effort always seems to fall in between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Yesterday marked the beginning of the ‘break’. I bought a book on the subject several, several years ago, and it was something that I surprisingly ENJOYED doing, and felt like a million bucks afterwards — lighter and brighter I think is how I would describe it. I’ve never wasted my energy getting absorbed into diets of any kind, but instead have always focused on keeping it healthy, staying active and enjoying what I want to enjoy food and drink-wise….it’s what works best for me and the book purchase wasn’t motivated by that, but more of how to go about getting a clean slate, giving my body a fresh start…an energy kick. We all know when we’re feeling a bit drained, and ‘less than’. For me, the book I selected read very practically and a lot of it was common sense. No pills, no crazy concoctions, just an easy to follow arrangement of healing foods, teas, and one day of fasting, as well as other thought provoking tidbits. I guess I bought into the whole renewal and rejuvenation write-ups on the back! ::) ha…. 8 days to go, and I’m already feeling better! (only my daughter just said “You’re on Day 2 of your Detox aren’t you mom — only 8 days to go — oh dear, I hope she hasn’t told her 2nd grade class or teacher that her mom is in ‘detox’ this week–!)
Cheers to giving things a healthy ‘breather’ now and then.