Notes from a Floating Life Thoughts about productivity, digital living, and leading a simpler life

Loosening the Tether

When I say tether, I’m not speaking literally. I’m talking about those things that just tie use down. Little object. Small ideas. Things that may be small, but which weigh us down.

Take what happened to me today. I left my phone at home. There was a time when I would have stressed about that. But that time was a few years ago. I find myself doing that a bit more often these days, and my attitude is Oh, well!.

The feeling I get when this happens is one of mild liberation. I’m not tied to my phone. I don’t have to resist the urge to check my Twitter feed or my email. I don’t have to worry about missing an important phone call, which probably isn’t as important as I think it is. I’m free to interact with people in some place other than the digital realm.

People aren’t just tethered to physical things. Ideas and attitudes tie us down or hold us back. Those ideas and attitudes are harder to break free of. I’ve tried and succeeded over the years to loosen that tether, but I haven’t quite broken free. But I’m happy that I’m able to distance myself from ideas and attitudes that once held me back. And when they yank me back, I at least know how to regain that distance.

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