Saturday, October 31, 2020

Hermit Time Re-examined


Another six weeks has passed since I posted here. I could offer excuses, but they would be irrelevant.  As loathe I am to say I have been busy, well, that's the case.  I have been busy, just not with writing.  I have been incredibly productive with art.  Carving new linos, printing, maintaining my Etsy shop.  Between that and The Job, well, my days are full.

Still, I haven't even been reading that much.  I am finally getting new glasses, which has been an issue but not the only one.  The biggest reason for not reading (or writing) is one I've said before.  So-called social media.  I spend way too much time on Twitter and Facebook.  It's ridiculous.  And it really needs to stop.  It is my biggest hope that I will be able to cut down on time spent on social media.  I know, I know, I've said this before...

Maybe after the upcoming election?  Is that a lot to expect?  I am getting weary of playing the "what stupid thing did he say today" game.  You know to whom I refer.  It's overwhelming.  But I need to walk away, I need to restore my inner peace.  

I have for the longest time, since deciding to stop doing art fairs, to maintain weekends as "hermit time."  I have pretty much kept that going, spending time at home, taking road trips with Valerie, working on art, watching movies, and yes, reading.  But I also do realize that hermit time is not just tangible, physical.  Hermit time is a spiritual thing.  For me it has to be. I need to remind myself of this occasionally. I wish to withdraw from the world on the weekends in order to face the Monday through Friday grind.  It's pretty simple.  However, by spending too much time on social media I open a window into the outside world that should remain closed.  

If I skip out on Facebook and Twitter on weekends, am I really going to miss out on that much?

The answer is obviously no.  

It takes two weeks to develop a habit, maybe longer to break one.  So, here goes nothing...

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