I've been avoiding the social media world the last few weeks. I needed a break, partly because I'm weary of the political strife, but mainly because time needs to be spent elsewhere. I've been working on home projects with my mother-in-law, reorganizing Kurt and my belongings, job hunting and reading books that've sat far too long. Big moves and transitions make one thing apparent: life moves quickly. More than ever I want to spend it wisely.
I recently read a blog post by someone I greatly respect, he spoke of the importance of being engaged in life. He questioned "what it means to remain observant and present in a world of such overwhelming fragmentation and distraction", and it really struck a cord with me. How often I realize that I spent more time engaging with content on Facebook, a blog or my phone than the very people in front of me or the beauty surrounding me in literature, nature or even a good plate of food.
I want to engage life in such a way that I'm being fed, deep down - physically, emotionally and spiritually. I'm learning too, that only then do I have anything worthwhile to share here on this blog or anywhere, for that matter. So if I'm more quiet, it's because I'm trying to learn the balance of engagement. I want to relish my first autumn in the midwest, read more than I write and invite people over for dinner (in the home we hope to have soon).