Once a month or so, I share a list of my favorite articles from around the web, just the best ones that contain practical or profound wisdom to inspire you to shine. Here’s my selection for this time.
I know nothing about photography. I don’t own an expensive camera, just my hand-me-down iPhone. When I take a picture, I go by my gut. I’m slowly learning what I think makes a good photograph and about my own own mental obsessions at the same time.
I’m struck by how much my mood changes with each successive prompt. Any new pursuit, it appears, provides a premium opportunity to understand and work with your own mind.
When I read about the unrelenting work demands at a company like Amazon, I’m convinced the world has gone utterly insane.
You can work as hard as you want, but eventually you’ll discover that a healthy balance between activity and quiet is essential for a happy and sustainable life. Too much busyness will eventually lead to a breakdown of one sort or another, as illustrated by the experience of some white color workers interviewed in this New York Times exposé of the brutal and bruising work environment at Amazon.
Accidents, injuries, and minor illnesses like the common cold often seem to arise when your life tips out of balance. You might brush these warning signs aside, but the body and the heart refuse to be ignored indefinitely. Eventually, stronger and deeper indicators will arrest you once again.
With an irresistible force as strong as a black hole, digital reality can suck you into a Never Never Land where you lose all track of time, sense of dimension, and gravity of importance. Without question, digital engagement can be addictive. In fact, university students have described digital media as a “drug.”
In a major research study, more than 1,000 college students around the world were asked to go without media for a 24-hour period. They used terms like “addiction” and “withdrawal” to describe the decidedly distressful experience. Imagine itching like a crackhead because you can’t use your phone. Without their digital accessories – for just a single day – many students reported feeling sad, lonely, depressed, or even “dead”.
Do you too sometimes feel like you can’t resist the call of digital media? The truth is it’s not easy to disconnect – for almost everyone, not just you. Scrolling through email, typing out text messages, and looking at rising blog statistics can fire up the brain’s dopamine reward system creating a pleasure-inducing hit that has even become clinically addictive for about 6% of the population.
Isn’t it a relief to know you’re not alone?
There are many practical fixes for digital madness to help reduce the insanity. But like any addiction or unhealthy habit, digital fascination tends to return to haunt you again and again. That’s certainly happened for me.
So how do you uproot digital overwhelm once and for all? Continue Reading