Over the course of one twenty-four-hour period, between the two of us, five Zoom calls take place in our home. Necessary, some of them; productive, a few of them; but when I realize what has crept into this sanctuary I want to scream “Stop!”

How easily busyness invades our space before we even realize it’s happening. It’s good, this technology that enables us to stay connected, to do business, and to attend events we might otherwise miss. But, like most things, too much of a good thing can become something else.

I want to listen more than I speak and give more of my attention to growing green things than loud and unimportant things. I want to embrace silence as a presence. I want to remain unplugged even after everything’s plugged back in again.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things.
  1. Wow. I was just thinking yesterday…when I looked at last week’s calendar and saw ‘zoom meeting w/ ___________ /time’ or ‘live fb event w/ __________ /time’ on every darn day, some days two or three events! I understand the need for online meetings and events, but I noticed overlaps and too many last week. It felt a little overwhelming. So I have now limited my online meeting time to one a day. I am making time to walk outside (if possible, weather) every day. I take two or three pictures during my walks. I enjoy seeing how the spring is ‘sprung’ here in ND.

  2. Linda, you always bring us back to center. The busyness will always be there. Your words validate why we need to be still and listen.

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