I slowly sink into my chair, sand gripping my feet. I'm not bothered. They feel just the right amount of sticky and gritty, a reminder of our gorgeous surroundings. We just got here, but the boys are already diving through the waves - clunky goggles and smiles in tact. Smells of barbecue pork roll across the beach and the chatter of sunbathers creates a hum that makes my eyelids heavy. Instead of fighting the much needed rest, I throw a broad rimmed hat over my face and daydream for a while.
It was the fifth day in a row that I'd been disconnected from phone calls, the internet, and news articles. I left my phone in our room most of the time. I only remembered to toss it in my bag when I thought there was a chance to snap a photo. I'd packed exactly one paperback book to read for the entire week. Though it travelled everywhere with me, I only made it two-thirds of the way through it.
In my normal life, I'm constantly scanning articles, research studies, and blogs. I spend a considerable amount of time perusing the work of other authors. I enjoy reading so much that I often go "blind" to what I'm even working through, especially the faith-related stuff.
Does that ever happen to you? According to the Nielsen Norman Group, the average visit to a web page is less than 60 seconds. How much could we possibly learn and retain in mere seconds?
With some of the all-time best reading material available to us in history, there's so much to take in. I'm afraid to miss anything and because of it, I've become a "jack of all trades and the master of none." It's become more about entertainment than it is about personal growth.
When we're the exact same as we were before, when we haven't adjusted our lives in response to learning, and we barely remember what we've just read...
We've been nothing more than entertained. For one minute.
It occurred to me lying there on that gorgeous, white sand beach, that I've been choosing the middle ground way too often. I'm neither learning well nor resting completely. I've been in a state of constant stimulation with little spiritual or intellectual "stickiness."
What about you? Do you ever get stuck in the middle?
Packing fiction next time,
And He said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while..." Mark 6:31
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