“Optimism and hope are not the same. Optimism is the belief that the world is changing for the better; hope is the belief that, together, we can make the world better. Optimism is a passive virtue, hope an active one.” Rabbi Jonathan Sachs
On August first, I deleted Instagram and Facebook from my phone and iPad. I knew I was spending too much time scrolling and the only way to change was to eliminate. The first few days my scrolling fingers felt itchy. But then I fell into a few good books and found ways to use the new found minutes in my day. More knitting, more reading, more time walking and digging in the garden.* I used some of that time to clean up my email and unsubscribe from some of the newsletters that had become infinity pools.
And in that regained time, I began tidying up my notebooks. The one on top is for note taking. I have signed up for a number of online classes and I am committing to finish or delete these classes. I am using this notebook as a place to keep track of what I am learning.
The one below is my faith notebook. A few weeks ago it looks like this:
I had developed the habit of taking notes on the church bulletin or random pieces of paper and sticky notes. I would shove these bits into my notebook, intending to go back and transfer them. It took a few weeks but I have read through all those notes, dating back to February, and added the bits that still spoke to me to the,pages in this notebook. The quote above was my most recent entry. I found it in a newsletter from Jeffrey Chu, one of the newsletters that survived the great unsubscribing.
There was a time when I shook my head in disbelief at pictures with stacks of notebooks. Now I have such a stack. I have tried to Omni journal, keeping everything in one notebook, but it didn’t work for me. I love having one notebook for books, one for knitting and fiber crafts, one for faith notes.
And now that August is coming to an end, I have begun dipping back into Instagram. I only have the app on one device – not my phone. I have a few groups on Facebook that I will visit but the main stream will stay hidden. It has been good to see where connections make sense.
*digging in the garden is not the same as gardening – there is a lot of work that needs to be done to reclaim my beds and the digging is the first step. Hopefully I will have a garden ready to grow things next year.