Yesterday, I started a book. Today, I finished it.
This is what I read. Not nonfiction. Not self-help. Just a good old-fashioned American novel.
It helped that the temperature where I am in Minnesota never got above zero.
You know what’s great about losing myself in a novel for most of a day? I lost myself in a novel for most of the day.
It wouldn’t have had to be a novel. At other points this year, I was fully immersed while playing paintball, playing a game with friends at a kitchen table, and riding waves with our kids.
What’s the point? The point is that for stretches of time (the longer, the better), I was able to be fully in the moment.
I’m not good at that anymore. It’s really hard to get my brain to shut off.
Here’s a quote I read by Celine Armstrong: “The best moments in life are ones where time slows down, all your cares and worries melt away, and you live entirely in the present.” Well said.
Did I mention I’m not as good at this as I used to be?
But it’s so good for me when I lose myself from time to time. I read a quote this week along the lines of, “Every machine works better after we unplug it for a little while and allow it to re-start. Our minds are no different.” (I’m going from memory; I probably butchered the quote.)
That’s why we take vacations. That’s why we have a Sabbath. That’s why we go outside. We need that.
At least I need that. And it doesn’t kill me to learn that when I disengage from the world for a few hours, it still keeps rotating and orbiting.
Here’s hoping that in 2018, I find more time to lose myself. And so do you.