I woke up this morning at the cottage and was desperate to get outside. I’m not a fan of cold, grey weather but
I layered on all my wool sweaters and headed outside with my yoga mat and my bare feet. Each time I came up from my sun salutes and looked out at the bay, I was awestruck by the depth of my view. I had spent so many hours looking into flat screens from laptops to iphones to ipads that I was losing depth in my vision and quite possibly depth in my life. I was stunned at how impactful it was to look out and see not just what was right in front of me but layer upon layer of rich, natural beauty. One tree standing in front of another; behind the trees, the bay; at the end of the bay another island and then more trees and more. Not just a flat image, not just a flat life!
There is a depth of experience and feeling that the virtual world will never give us. An “I love you” posted online is nothing compared to how that feels when you are looking into the eyes of a loved one. An email from a friend is beautiful but we can’t hear the subtleties in their voice. Interactions become as flat as the screen despite all the smiley faces, and exclamation marks. If a friend tells you “I’m ok” online, you leave it at that. If you hear that friend’s voice you’ll know by their tone whether they really are ok or not. Instead of sending out thousands of messages to your virtual friends, maybe it’s time to meet up for that cup of coffee. Make more time for your friends, make more time for life!