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Wednesday, 27 April 2011

be there

berlin botanic garden
berlin botanic garden
berlin botanic garden
berlin botanic garden
berlin botanic garden

looking back at my time at school and uni, what stays with me most as an untangible feeling of happiness is the ability to lose myself in a book, an article, some kind of paper, a project. the more time passes, the more electronic devices and media are around, the more i'm losing touch with that ability and let myself be torn in a million directions at once. equally, wholly analog things might tear me away from what i want to devote myself to. why the urge to quickly run an errand when there's a text to finish, why the twinge to check one's emails while with friends? too many reasons to list them all. and don't get me wrong, i like my days varied, a mixed bag of things, i'm not in favour of tunnel vision.

but i want to learn again to concentrate, to make time for one thing and lose myself in it. alain de botton wrote an interesting little piece on distraction. go and read, if this strikes a chord.

today is the day i'm starting. i'll be where i am.

7 comments:

Ulrika said...

Oh lovely, lovely photos Kristina.

jana said...

du hast genau geschrieben, was ich in letzter zeit so oft denke.
absolut "überstimuliert", verlieren wir uns in 1000 dingen, tabs, links, und alles ist so schnell. alles machen aber nichts "so richtig". und auf dem weg vergisst man die hälfte.
ich hoffe wir schaffen es umzudenken. nicht einfach...
liebe grüsse.

Elisabelle said...

such a wise decision!
i feel exactly the same: a constant restlessness...

elias said...

Thanks for the De Botton article Kristina! I can empathise with you on this. Remaining in the present is becoming harder and harder. I find that the things that focus me the most are nature and a book. You might find this interesting: http://cl.ly/1h1p2Z3V0R1b3y1v0u0z

la ninja said...

hear hear. plus I love alain.
alain. oh, alain :)

alexandria said...

I think about this often...ways to overcome all the distractions. One thing that I did recently was make a reading area in our living room. It has made a lot of difference having the space. I pick up a book more often and feel calm and excited to pour over the words inside.

Pascale said...

Ok, this is a good decision. I guess we are all in the same way of life...
"Funny", i am trying to do the same... And i resist to buy an Iphone for that reason...

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