Another Sunday, another day to catch up on Caryn’s brilliant posts. Am I right?
Dreaded words you don’t want to hear in your office. Emails from outside the firm travel through the internet. Court forms to complete for the judge are retrieved from the internet. Checking Google for a blog post, internet. What are we doing?
I talked to Leslie yesterday afternoon and she had been working on various things around the house…and on the internet. But she hadn’t looked at Google or a news site in since the morning. She was unaware of the breaking Roseanne news, and was better for it, if you ask me.
Luckily, we had internet within an hour, which allowed me to work overtime on a court filing. While it’s easy to do my work from the comfort of my desk chair, I sometimes miss the days of standing at the copier, making all your copies, stuffing envelopes, and maybe even driving to the post office.
Never mind if the internet goes down while I’m multi-tasking in the evening. I watch TV (or stream Netflix or Amazon) and concurrently play Words with Friends or read my Twitter feed. I’d be bored without the internet.
Speaking of Twitter, what do you make of the Roseanne controversy? While I don’t agree with her racist comments, she does have a right to say them. When she shares her hate with her fans, how many of those fans do you think take her word as gospel and then share her posts? It carries on and on and pretty soon, non-friends are reading her words, and getting angry. Tuesday, Roseanne claimed “I’m off Twitter,” and stayed off the site for a few hours. Then came her apologies and comments regarding “Ambien made [me] do it.” To paraphrase the comments of Ambien’s maker, Sanofi, “Ambien and other drugs may have certain side effects, and racism isn’t one of them.”
Unless we can define racism as “diarrhea of the mouth.” Roseanne should be treated for that ailment.
A Sunday well spent brings a week of content.
It’s Sunday and it’s a day to finish all the things you didn’t get to this week. I’m sure one of your Sunday activities is to ready my blog posts from this week to see what is going on in Caryn’s world. Now that’s funny.
There’s a movement afoot. The National Day of Unplugging is here to help us take a break of electronics. It’s now an official “crazy” holiday to be celebrated on the second Friday of March. The “holiday” is to be celebrated from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. Think it’s easy?
The National Day of Unplugging was created by Reboot, a nonprofit Jewish community that was originally established in 2003. You don’t need to be Jewish (or religious at all) to participate. The idea behind the day was to challenge people to keep their electronic devices unplugged and unused for 24 hours in order to give themselves the chance to take a break and spend time relaxing with family, friends, or alone. Reboot believes that such time taken to “reboot” our systems will make us happier, more content with our lives, and more aware of the things that matter.
Who isn’t increasingly connected to the world around you via your smartphone, tablet, WiFi access, and the Internet? We are now able to be connected to the entire world 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. We’re offered endless possibilities of communications, news, games, history, and so much more.
However, there are also times in our lives when we seem to forget just how necessary it is to step back from our digital devices and other gadgetry. Perhaps we can just perform “the ancient art of speaking with people around us and observe the world that is all around us” Think about how much we could help the environment by deciding to set our electrical equipment aside every now and then and just meet up with the people we’re endlessly e-chatting with for a coffee.
How can you celebrate? Simply, all you’re required to do is disconnect from the electronic world which has come to define every waking moment of our lives. Power down the laptop, leave the smartphone at home, and avoid email for twenty-four hours. Instead, take a walk in a local park, and don’t just rush through the park to get it over with, either.
Go have a cup of coffee with a friend during which you talk about every issue that comes to mind, the large and the small, because these are the things that life is made of, all of them. Of course, don’t take your phone out to text while nodding absent-mindedly, as that would defeat the entire purpose of the outing. Will Starbucks see a bump in in-person lattes on Saturday the 10th?
Today’s Shine text reminded me that we all have good days and bad days. And we can be sure that the tough ones stick out more.
It’s been a good day. I felt it when I woke up this morning. I’m getting better at using my CPAP machine, and last night I managed to keep the mask on for over six hours! I was aware of having the mask on a couple of times during the night, but I kept my eyes shut and powered through sleep till the morning.
Audrey Hepburn: Happy girls are the prettiest.
When I woke up, I felt just a tiny bit more rested. I didn’t moan and groan (neither out loud nor to myself) as much as I usually do on a weekday morning, and the only dark cloud was not getting the parking spot I wanted.
I’ve been using the CPAP machine every day for ten days. Shine reminded me to “work your way towards high-impact happy habits” and I can see the future. I usually fall asleep pretty quickly, and now I concentrate on the sound of my breathing and the cool air being humidified and circulated through my nose. It’s quite relaxing, actually, and does make me a happy camper.
So on this Thursday, I’m happy to report that the morning went quickly. A vendor delivered a tray of cheese and crackers at 11:30 and we certainly enjoyed a welcome treat. (Cheese: my favorite!) I learned from Shine today that we should start small and savor the good things. That’s just what I did with the cheese plate.
I caught up on some old friends while reading Facebook posts during my lunch hour. And followed the news on Twitter. Today’s Shine message about happiness reminds us to “go after the low-hanging fruit of happiness; one can build up reserves of confidence and good feelings that may help tackle the trickier skills later.” That’s exactly how I view the Florida high school students. They’re making their voices heard and standing up for what they truly believe in. They will, of course, face tough roads ahead, but they are learning how to tackle “the trickier skills” in record time.
How to win at life: Let people do what they need to do to make them happy, mind your own business, and do what you need to do to make you happy. The end.
Anais Nin: The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
Did you hear about this? A judge in Hawaii recently sentenced a man to a cruel-and-unusual punishment: He has to write 144 compliments about his ex-girlfriend.
Last month, Judge Rhonda Loo ordered 30-year-old Daren Young to write 144 nice things about his former love, after he allegedly sent her 144 “nasty” texts and calls in violation of a protection order. Judge Loo also specified that Young can’t repeat any words when writing out the compliments — so he’ll truly have to write out 144 individually great things about his ex-girlfriend.
The compliments list isn’t the only part of Young’s sentencing. He also received time served for the 157 days he spent in jail, as well as two years of probation, 200 hours of community service, and $2,400 in fines. Young also agreed to move on with his life, finally.
What do you think? Can you come up with 144 nice things to say about people, let alone one ex-girlfriend? And do you think you can write all of these nice things and not repeat one word?
I enjoy writing. When I was a young teenager, I tried to write a story about a young girl who loved knitting. I remember writing a chapter or two and then running out of ideas. Boy, I wish I still had a copy of that novel! And in high school, I wrote for the school newspaper. As a seasoned legal secretary, I belong to NALS, an association of legal professionals with state and local organizations throughout the country. While serving as president on the state and local levels, I always looked forward to writing my president’s message.
Until starting this blog, I hadn’t exercised my writing “skills” much. I am still enjoying writing this almost-daily blog and I intend to continue next year. I will be moving to a new host, but that shouldn’t change anything for you, the reader. My official address is carynwolchuck.blog, which should be easier to remember. We’ll have a new look and a new name. No more trying to creatively name The 60 Blog everyday. As you’ll remember, I opened up the renaming to everyone. And Leslie came up with the best of the best. Yes, my sister, and the odds were not stacked in her favor in the least.
I have written more than 365 blog posts. More than a year of days have gone by. My birthday is coming around once again. I’m redoing the look of my blog, with the help of my blogging mentor, Stephanie. She did all the technical behind-the-scenes stuff, and if I could, I’d have her do everything. Come to think of it, I may ask her to write a guest post some day.
I’m taking a short writing break after this weekend and will start up new and shiny on Thursday, November 9. Look in your email box or on Facebook for SIXTY WHAT.