On Aug. 21, 2017, skies darkened from Oregon to South Carolina in the first total solar eclipse visible from coast to coast across the United States in 99 years. The totality of the moon covering the disk of the sun lasted 2 minutes and 40 seconds. Yet, for those standing on the edge of the path, the view was mere seconds.
What a visual of life speeding us by … from light to darkness in a matter of seconds! In the six months since mom passed away of Alzheimer’s, my life has been under a microscope of sorts. Then, a recent visit with my husband’s heart doctor showed new vulnerabilities. The news hastened our retirement planning and brought more to light about what matters and what doesn’t. As I focus on more peacefulness, life becomes less worrisome, and this microscope-view provides an understanding and peaceful surrender. Easy filters function like a spotlight. There is more clarity about what should stay and what go.
Imagine distraction-free quiet time. Imagine erasing the sense of urgency that sneaks in via text messages and notifications. Imagine eliminating clutter in your mind and surroundings. Imagine redefining mere seconds previously invisible to you. All of it is possible through 7 easy filters to magnify peacefulness.
– Delete social media apps on your phone. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube consume 5 years and 4 months of a user’s lifetime, in the apps. TV watching absorbs 7 years, 8 months on average. While, face to face socializing gets a mere 1 year and 3 months, according to Tech infographics.
– Turn your ringer to vibrate-mode; answer calls and texts in timely (non-urgent) fashion. Over 560 billion texts are sent every month worldwide; that’s an increase of 7,700% over the last decade. Once upon a time, we came home at the end of the day and played back voice messages left on the answering machine. There was a distraction-free zone between home and other places … then technology crossed the line, bridged the gap, and we became always and unreasonably available.
– Unsubscribe to marketing and other unwanted emails. One by one, it took me hours and hours of good effort to afford myself a wonderfully clean, well-organized, redefined in-box.
– Separate work and personal email. We combined our personal email to one address that is accessible (if/when needed) on our smart phones. Work email is accessed from our computers during work hours. Our home is again our haven to being off-work.
– Seize the first and the last hour. The quiet of the hour has led to reading more, talking more, praying more together, and just being still. Not enough words to describe the inner peace gained in this distraction-free gift of time.
– Eliminate clutter of things and you eliminate mind clutter. Moving in our military years meant counting rooms by the pound. We were allowed only so much weight per household or you paid dearly. We have paid in not moving too. The mental stress of clutter is greater than you’d think. We’re adopting a minimalist attitude for our stuff. We know it will free us of clutter and magnify peace within our mind, heart, and home.
– Review and refresh your thoughts on what to keep, improve, or let go. The above filters have helped us review and refresh and determine the shear value of time together. Life will still speed by. But we’ve chosen to capture the hours and mere seconds differently than we ever have before.
Choose one. Just one of these 7 has the capacity to increase your peace. Start there, slowly moving closer with each new filter. The pay-off is oh so sweet.
How can you magnify peacefulness this coming weekend? How might it impact your life-story?