A Few Rules for Self

November 25, 2019- 

I made it an enjoyable day, by setting a few rules for myself, a few days in advance of turning sixty-nine.  The more one takes care of self, the less likely it is that others can slip into the vacuum and divert attention from what matters.

I found myself trying to help another person,  yesterday afternoon, and only ended up feeling like I was about to tear out what’s left of my hair.  That’s not a direction in which I plan on heading again.

The first rule I have set for myself, therefore, is to limit my time on any one online discourse to twenty minutes, per day, maximum. I will make exceptions for my immediate family.  Time is far better spent, at least in my view, by doing things like walking, tending to my home, cooking and reading.

The second rule is to read at least an hour each day. I got away from that practice, a few years back and found it most rewarding to return to the printed page today.

The third rule is to not procrastinate about doing a task, just because it is novel to me.  Specifically, I have a new water system, involving a complicated piece of equipment.  Fortunately, there is a DVD that is likely to guide me through the process, certainly more than the confusing paper diagram.  I am one of those who doesn’t easily comprehend the tie between a piece of equipment and a wordless diagram.  It’ll get done, though.

It’s been a fine day, though.  I received my new driver’s license, good for another five years, and a document needed by a family member also arrived.  Thanksgiving plans appear set, and the last few days of being 68 look to be spent in fine weather, albeit rather windy weather.

8 thoughts on “A Few Rules for Self

  1. I learned early in my social media days that disagreeing with someone online was frustrating and useless. Now, when I see things like Flat Earthers claiming to know more than NASA, I just shake my head and keep on scrolling.

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  2. I avoid contentious discussions. It isn’t worth the effort. I like your personal rules. I’m trying to read more but I tend to not be able to put a book down until I’ve finished it! I am working on this need for closure, but it is hard especially when the book is really interesting!!

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  3. I’m finding that it takes far more discipline to ignore inflammatory online posts or remove yourself from those environments (i.e. Twitter). Yet, it almost always has a better result.

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