10:03. For the past three and a half days, I have refined my online input/social-feeds to positive content (edit: and/or necessary content — I occasionally check major news sites, but mostly headlines — and I turn off notifications), and/or mutually-interactive/honest/supportive online friendships only. This has had a very positive effect on my general inner well-being.
I still very much appreciate (and support, to the best of my ability, which actually takes hours of reading and commenting each day) the creative/artistic community, here on WP, partly because it feels good and right to do so (if I read, I like to acknowledge), but also because engaging in positive online interactions plays a key factor in my sustained sobriety.
I have been somewhat monitoring my time, just non-judgementally, across various WP networks — and it is a LOT (I hardly ever use any other form of entertainment/socializing) — and believe me I know that there are many of you out there with the same artist-supporting philosophic bent/intent — thank you, truly for all you do. My three WP blogs still exist because of you.
I think supporting fellow creatives, especially ones who aim to change the world for the better, through education/truthful shared experience, beauty/inspiration and/or insightful entertainment, is such important, unpaid, unsung work. This is what I have set out to do ever since first coming online, even before I started venturing my own work out there, on various previous platforms also. Thanks for those who do the same, and/or recognize and/or pay it forward. It makes the world a better place.
I have still not read further in the Cal Newport book (Digital Minimalism). TBH the opening pages said so much I had long felt and understood and studied, that it felt more like confirmation from a very wise and organized and hard-working imagined friend, than any new epiphany. But I do intend to finish it, just as I finished his other one, way back when (the book called Deep Work).
I did knit about 10 rows of the sobriety shawl though. 🎉
Last night I remained technology-free from around dinnertime onwards. It makes for a very restful sleep. And the night sky, which I’d gone out to view all too little, through the cold evenings of winter, was truly magnificent. 🌌💙✨
Now here, it is morning; the birds are chirping, and spring is on its way. Thanks, friends, for all the amazing works… and for like-starring my day. 🌟💫
11 months + 23 days sustained sobriety (alcohol, but no other drugs other than caffeine, either) 2 years + 13 days smoke-free, and 3.5 days of selective/reduced digital input.