Wednesday, April 1, 2015

My 5th New Years Resolution

At the beginning of March, I wrote a post about my Four 2015 New Years Resolutions that included reading a new book each month, keeping up a routine exercise regimen, and investing in classic pieces rather than trendy items when it came to my wardrobe.  I am managing to stick to these pretty well- but am having trouble with my fourth resolution: embracing solitude.  So today, on the first day of April (all jokes aside), I thought I'd discuss my fifth resolution that I am hoping will help me with my fourth.

I've decided that every time I go out to eat or meet up to spend one-on-one time with someone, I'm leaving my phone in the car.  I've noticed that even with the best intentions, my phone distracts me and keeps me from really being present.  As a blogger, of course I naturally want to instagram my frozen cocktail or pasta dish right before I dig in to it.  And then every time a "like" shows up on my phone, it lights up and pulls my attention away from the conversation.  It's destroying the quality of my friendships and inhibiting my ability to listen and engage well with others, and I hate it.

 “We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.” ― C.S. Lewis
I'm hoping this small step will help me begin to build and restore deeper, more authentic relationships and conversations in my life.  My family and friends deserve my full attention.  And I'm also hoping this step will help me feel more comfortable embracing solitude in my own life.

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