Adjusting Habits

Social Media Detox Project: Day 22

This morning I decided to wake up at 4 and exercise.

Normally, I exercise after I get home from work in the evening, but I’m doing a little experiment.

The idea was to front load exercise so I don’t have to do it in the evening when I’m already picking up my kid from her mom’s, trying to figure out dinner, and then trying to fit in time for writing, editing video or something otherwise productive.

Now it’s 7:30 in the evening and I’m already pooped!

I plan to do this for a week or two, and see how it goes. I’m hoping it will make my evenings a little more structured.

So far, I have spent the evening watching Vikings, so, while not the most productive use of time, it is instead something I will label a “transition phase”.

What I Did Today

Exercise

Novel writing

Watched Vikings

Ate a grilled cheese

Something I Read Today

“You are sure to be censured by malevolent Criticks and Bug Writers, who will abuse you while you are serving them, and wound your Character in nameless Pamphlets, thereby resembling those little dirty stinking Insects that attack us only in the dark, disturbing our Repose, molesting and wounding us while our Sweat and Blood is contributing to their Subsistence.” -Ben Franklin To Robert Morris, as read in The Quartet by Joseph J. Ellis

Something I Learned Today

Sleep is my best friend.

History Is So Cool

Social Media Detox Project: Day 21

Multiple people throughout history had the foresight to record what was going on in their present.

Whether or not it was intentional, much of what they wrote can be seen as life lessons; what to do and what not to do.

All they managed to accomplish, even without all the resources we currently possess, still fascinate us to this day:

The cities they built;

The ideas they wrote down;

The beliefs they shared;

And the wars they fought.

Through their stories we learn what daily life was like in those long ago days, and remember how much we take for granted.

What I Did Today

Novel writing

Exercise

Posted my first AuthorTube video on YouTube

Recorded a new video

Something I Read Today

“The one who pays the piper, carries the tune.” -From Fires of the Faithful by Naomi Kritzer

Something I Learned Today

That I need to continue doing things that my “lizard brain” tells me not to.

Honor and Real Love

Social Media Detox Project: Day 18

Honor is about self-respect, self-love and caring for everything in one’s life.

George Washington was big on honor. When he felt disrespected by British imperialism, he saw it as a reflection of everything else that was happening in the fledgling U.S., which was still becoming united.

I think that the current administration is a reflection of a much lower level of honor.

Because the members of the administration don’t love themselves enough or those around them. Not really. Whatever it is, it isn’t real love.

Washington loved himself, though. And because of that, he was able to truly love those around him and realize that the value inherent in independence was one of the greatest gifts a person could receive. Washington recognized the value in that freedom.

Liberties, rights, freedom from tyranny. It’s something I’ve always taken for granted. I don’t know anything else but that privileged life.

But…if my rights were stripped away, would I maintain my honor? In my personal belief in the value of those rights?

Would I play it safe and bow to authoritarianism?

Would I stand up, step forward and risk my life?

I’d like to say that I would risk it all, but it’s hard to say, for sure. I hope that I never have to find out.

History, for the most part, paints a rosy-colored picture of Washington; I know he wasn’t perfect. No one is.

But he did a lot of really cool shit. He stood for something.

He was a stand-up guy; a prime example of someone with character and an attitude I wish to emulate.

If I can turn out to be a fraction of the person he was, I will be able to say that I’m a success.

What I Did Today

Novel writing

Blog writing

Played a show with my band

Something I Read Today

“I am now embarked on a tempestuous Ocean from whense, perhaps no friendly harbor is to be found…it is an honor I wished to avoid…I can answer but for three things, a firm belief in the justice of our Cause–close attention to the prosecution of it–and the strictest integrity–if these cannot supply the places of Ability and Experience the cause will suffer & more than probably my character along with it, as reputation derives it’s principle support from success.” –Words of George Washington, from The Quartet by Joseph J. Ellis

Something I Learned Today

It’s really easy to slip into a state of complacency about our rights and liberties in the States.