Mike has had to work the last few weekends so that usually leaves me at home by myself. Over the years, I think I’ve gotten pretty good at entertaining myself. Here’s my schedule of what I did today:
5:15am – wake up and eat breakfast
5:45-8:30 – read and watch news
8:30-10:30 – fold laundry and clean
11:30 – lunch
12:30 – drive around different neighborhoods to get a feel for what’s going on; I find this a good strategy for knowing how good a neighborhood is whenever a potential investment property comes up for sale.
2:00 – grocery shopping
3:30 – short nap
4:00 – 2 mile walk
5:00 – relax with wine & watch the rain
6:00 – write this blog post
So, there you have it. My entire Saturday. A part of me wishes I had been more productive but there is appreciation to be had in relaxing and just being happy with your own company. I expect some people would be mortified when given the prospect of spending the entire day alone with their own thoughts.
“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.” – Henry Ford
I read about a study done by a psychologist at the University of Virginia that involved people sitting in a lab room, alone, with only their thoughts to keep them company. They were left in the room for 15 minutes and were told they could push a button that would deliver an electrical shock to themselves. The results of the experiment were, for lack of a better word, shocking. Instead of sitting in the quiet and thinking, 67% of the men and 25% of the women chose to shock themselves!
When I read this, I could not believe that somebody would voluntarily choose to inflict pain upon themselves when left alone with their thoughts.
If this study had been done before television and cell phones had taken over society, I think the results would have been drastically different. People don’t know what to do with themselves if they aren’t either watching television or scrolling through a news feed – or both simultaneously! When you see people in a waiting room, they are almost always looking at their cell phone screen. People sitting at a bus stop – cell phone screen. Even dinner at a restaurant is invaded by the cell phone screen. I saw a young couple on what I supposed was a date and both of them were staring at their phone screens as if whatever was on there was more important than the person right in front of them.
All of this to say, I think technology has been a great improvement to society, however, I think it is very addictive and is ruining peoples ability to think for themselves. With so few people thinking and so many people consuming the latest “live feed”, who will have the ability to become the next Benjamin Franklin or Albert Einstein?
Okay, so this post went way off course from what I had planned but I hope it kept you entertained and gets your mind THINKING!