Creating, Feeling

Simplicity and Peace

November 19, 2015


My sensitivity is up. I’m craving simplicity and peace. Early morning walks are soothing me. Mugs of hot chocolate or tea with honey sit on my desk while the scent of a cedar candle surrounds me. I think, “what do you need right now?” adding those things in, subtracting the unnecessary, the things that feel heavy and purposeless.

I posted this to Facebook last night:

There are some really good things here – updates from people I love, adorable animal videos and interesting articles to read – but I’m feeling a tad sensitive to the anger, accusations and upheaval over left/right, democrats/republicans, abortions/right-to-life, refugees/terrorists, gun violence/control, on and on. I’m sending everyone peace and I’m going to peace out from here for a few days to go hear updates from people I love in person, hug my adorable dog and read paper books xo

It feels right to take some time away. Interestingly, I already feel a weight lifted, and an urge to write more here. Just sending out a quick note before diving back into work. Hope you’re finding some peace today as well. Have a good one xo

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  • Reply Renee November 19, 2015 at 10:10 am

    I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, and right after I saw your post I actually deactivated my Facebook. I plan on signing back in again on Thanksgiving, but how I’ll use it from there I’m not quite sure. It’s been a wonderful tool to keep up with dear family where that’s really our best means of communication, and some (grandmother, aunts, dad) are on there just to see what I post, and I enjoy seeing what friends are up to, and the occasional inspiring links people share. But the Facebook noise is too much at the moment. And it got to the point where I was checking many, many times a day, and then sometimes I’ll even be out doing something cool in the world or see something beautiful and think to myself “Oh, this would be a great post” or I spend 20 minutes choosing photos and filters to share with people and then check back a bunch of times after I’ve posted something to see who liked things, and I just sort of woke up and realized I want to entirely remove myself from all of that. I’ll probably come back to FB but use it bare minimum, and keep the app off of my phone. And I’m still going to take pictures of meaningful moments in my life, but I’m going to keep many more of them to myself, because I want to remember how it felt when things were sacred and private and sharing them with a bunch of people isn’t what gave them meaning. Since yesterday I’ve already felt the urge to check Facebook about 97 times (possible slight exaggeration, but probably not) and instead I did some reading, journaled a few pages, and am catching up on my blog reading. Peace to you, dear friend. xo

    • Reply jtao21 November 26, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      Oh man – a topic for our next coffee hang, for sure. I took the app off my phone, though I’ve popped in a few times – I am not missing it at all, but I feel the pull to check it or post stuff. I love this “keep many more of them to myself, because I want to remember how it felt when things were sacred and private and sharing them with a bunch of people isn’t what gave them meaning.” Such an interesting idea – has me thinking. Thanks. Also amazing how many other satisfying things we can do instead of checking FB (reading, writing, sitting quietly, talking to the people around us hah) Safe travels xo

  • Reply Rita November 22, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Last year I took a FB break for the entire month of December. I’m not feeling the need to do that again, but it was a good thing for me. I hope you get what you need from candles, tea, friends, dogs, and paper. Gosh, that sounds lovely.

    • Reply jtao21 November 26, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      Ah thank you! The energy there was just too much for me over the past few weeks. I’ve popped on a few times, but honestly, since I deleted the app from my phone, I hardly miss it. Not sure when I’ll put it back on. Have a great holiday!

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