There are mornings on which I think back to how life actually “felt” in the days without computers and instantaneous communications and transactions. Although it becomes increasingly difficult to do with any clarity, it is still comforting to visualize life with dial-tones, newspapers, and night-long election returns.
We were less likely to rush to judgment; rush to physical reactions; and to rush to verbal responses. It was worth the time to sit down.
Nowadays, the constant barrage of “all things instantaneous” is exhausting, depleting, exacerbating, and a bit frightening. The word “stress” is used probably ten times as often as it was in the 80’s, and perhaps only five times more-so in the 90’s.
I’m tired. It’s just Tuesday. And it’s just past seven in the morning.
There did seem to once be a time when we looked forward to our days.
We also got more sleep. There was such a concept of “bedtime”. And intimacy was more likely to flourish in the home … whatever its components were.
My hatches are unbattened. My guard cowers listlessly on the floor. My motivation is sleeps fitfully in the guest room.
Wasn’t there a time when Tuesdays were less tiring, less dreaded?
Now, I’m just tired. And it’s only Tuesday.
(Image by Ricardo Renedo.)