Spending time alone


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I think we’re all made for fellowship at one time or another.  That while we’re on earth, we’re here to laugh and cry alongside the ones we’re lucky enough to cross paths with.  But I also believe we must spend time alone.  It’s these moments in which we’re afforded the opportunity to figure out what makes us tick.  Or to enjoy a favorite hobby or expand our knowledge.  During my lunch hours, I like to drive home and read or just enjoy the quiet.  And although I’m with numerous other students at Yoga, during the 90 minutes while we’re guided by the voice of the instructor, we focus 100 percent on ourselves.  So I’m able to recognize each nuance of my body — from tightness or aches to my breath and heartbeat.  Whatever I end up doing, spending time alone helps me better handle the other demands on my time, as well as appreciate those in my life that much more.

Do you take the time to spend alone?

A cyber burnout

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a self-imposed time out.  It’s when enough is enough and you just need to step away from technology and all its demands.  Not the commitments that are necessary to keep business running smoothly or remain available for family, but the ones that take us away from the things we should be doing.  In fact, sometimes I’d like to declare an email bankruptcy — an opportunity to purge every message and start over with a clean inbox.  Other times I tell myself: only one more game of Words With Friends and then I’ll start the laundry, do the dusting, make dinner, work on taxes, write 100 words, fill in the blank.  When it gets to a point where your life revolves more around your IP address than the location you call home, it may be time to pull the plug for a pre-determined period in order to regroup.  For example, I’ve known friends who have taken a hiatus from Facebook for weeks at a time to focus on whatever it is that needs attention on their side of the monitor.  I’m getting close to that place, myself.

Does your real life take a back seat to the cyber world, or is it well-balanced between the two?