Sunday 16 December 2018

Mindful moment… Take a screen break

 

'Reading a quote about the beauty of a tree is not the same as being out kicking leaves'
'Reading a quote about the beauty of a tree is not the same as being out kicking leaves'

Marianne Power

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" asks American poet, Mary Oliver, in her poem 'The Summer Day'.

I did not, however, find that line in a book of poetry, I read it while scrolling through Facebook.

These days there is no shortage of beautiful, rousing and soulful aphorisms shared online, and their proliferation suggests we are all looking for meaning, looking for hope. And help.

But we are not going to find meaning and hope on social media. Reading a quote about the beauty of a tree is not the same as being out kicking leaves.

Increasingly I am mistaking the online world for the real one and it's time to stop. So today I am leaving my phone at home, while I make the most of my wild and precious life.

Marianne Power's first book, Help Me!, published by Picador, is out now

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