Our world is amazing, startling, wonderful - and shrinking every day. I just looked at my visitor map from StatCounter.com. I've recently had visitors from Australia, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Benin, Brazil, and Moldova. And, those are just the exotic locations. How amazing that being connected to people from all over Europe would feel normal. Most of us could hardly imagine such a thing even ten years ago.
I love technology. Email allows us to be in touch in seconds. Cell phones can make us always available. Cameras gives us the chance to capture every moment. Blogs connect us with individuals a world away.
And yet. Email can be like a ticking clock; counting all the days that have passed while I still haven't responded to a friend's email. Cell phones ring at unfortunate times. Whatever the ring tone, it always seems to say, "Me. Pay attention to me." My camera is one of my favorite possessions. It brings me great joy. But, sometimes I catch myself missing out on the moments of living because I am busy trying to capture those moments and save them for later. Blogs, as much as I love them, seem to carry with them their own sense of obligation. Comments to write. New friends to meet. Old friends to visit. Oh, shoot! I haven't posted for four days!
Please don't misunderstand me. I adore technology. I am a big, BIG fan. But access to all of this wonderful technology does carry a price. I would never dream of giving up my cell phone, email, or camera. And my blog? I think I'll be doing this many years from now. I don't want to give up technology any more than I want to give up my job. It's just that some days I want to yell, "Stop the world! I want to get off!" Just for an hour. Remember that old Calgon commercial? I get it now. I really do.
Some days, all a woman really needs is a nice, hot bath. Of course, there are other ways to escape for an hour. Here are some ideas for you.
pile up in bed and read a terrific book
drive to the mall, head to the food court, people watch
browse an inspiring magazine
bake a pie
browse your favorite blogs, leave a comment
make a new playlist
buy a new pack of crayons and a coloring book, for yourself, use them
write a list about all the things you love about you, hang it in your closet or your bathroom
call an old friend, have a chat the old fashioned way
take yourself out on a date with an ice cream sundae
go to the park alone and swing
eat a salad for dinner, enjoy the last of the summer tomatoes
drive to your favorite old-fashioned neighborhood and take a walk
watch this, laugh and laugh
So, how do you spend your Calgon moments? What takes you away?
Happy weekend, my friends. I hope you will find at least one hour for yourself this weekend. And that you will use it for your own Calgon moment.
These images were borrowed from some wonderful photographers. You can find out more about them by clicking each name. They are listed in order of photograph from top of the post to the bottom. Wallpaper.net, jgcf, persisting stars, Selvedge magazine, moredoors blog, greekchickie, neonlike, mpx1979, and me.