Monday, 20 February 2012

Where do you stand?

This article in the New York times, 'The Joy of Quiet' By PICO IYER, paints a pivotal picture in the changing tide of our accessibility. Between blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, email, mobiles, text messages, Words with friends, Instagram, and the multitude of other applications which demand our attention, it highlights our complete desire to disconnect from a maddeningly connected world. It reminds us how important it is for us to sit quietly. Something I always swear to do more of but more often than not neglect to squeeze into my day.

"The urgency of slowing down — to find the time and space to think — is nothing new, of course, and wiser souls have always reminded us that the more attention we pay to the moment, the less time and energy we have to place it in some larger context. “Distraction is the only thing that consoles us for our miseries,” the French philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote in the 17th century, “and yet it is itself the greatest of our miseries.” He also famously remarked that all of man’s problems come from his inability to sit quietly in a room alone."

If you have the time to read the article I highly recommend it.  Now I just need to make a few boundaries for my own 'accessibility' & sit quietly! xox

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