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Overwhelmed by Information

We are experiencing crazy nice weather for North Dakota February. Today it was in the 40s so I took the kids out to play. We were out about 75 minutes. It wasn't many minutes into watching them shovel, throw ice chunks, and wander around that I got a little bored. I purposely left my phone upstairs (SO NOBLE, RIGHT?) but I found myself wishing I'd have brought my book.

Then it struck me that I have information flowing into my brain almost constantly, and that I actually needed some time to wander around with no phone, no book, no radio, etc. I love reading, so much so that I'll read darn near anything. Kindergarten newsletter? Check. Junk mail? Sure. Random article shared on Facebook that I know will make my blood boil? Probably, if I'm bored enough. If I'm not reading, I'm usually listening. The radio or TV is on in the background, or I automatically throw on a podcast or audiobook if I have any amount of alone time for a walk or a drive.

There is information flowing at me c o n s t a n t l y, and today's hour of wandering aimlessly between our apartment building and garage watching little boys do their thing was just what my brain needed.

I can't tell you what I thought about or share a haiku, but it was good for me. I need to make a point not to have entertainment or information or noise around me all the time. I wonder if the trouble I've had sleeping at night is at all related to this unstoppable flow of information that I'm not even noticing. The only time I have to process is when I'm lying in bed, and that's why I can't shut off. I am doubtful that this little episode will result in better habits immediately but I do hope that it inspires me to give my brain a few more minutes "off" each day.

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