I’m going to take the library tech blog posting in a completely sideways direction today!
And to translate that – the subject I’m going to discuss – the benefits of fitting a quiet time into our daily lives– has nothing whatsoever to do with technology – except perhaps for the fact that in our current high-tech world finding a quiet space to enjoy some quiet time is increasingly difficult.
And as you might imagine I stumbled across two articles online this week that both note the importance of working quiet time into our daily lives. And I found the articles had both an inspiring and reminding impact on me. Inspiring because the articles prompted me to do a non-tech blog posting and reminding because…once upon a time I knew that finding a quiet space to be allowed me to read, think, relax and even create in a much more in-depth and meaningful way that I can do in a noisy environment. However, along the way I’ve sort of forgotten that fact!
And I think I forgot the fact that quiet time does benefit one in many ways by fostering creativity, allowing one to think, read and work without external distractions etc. because the technology that I love allows us access to so much information and media — all available at our fingertips and all accessible 24/7/365; that I rarely encounter quiet in my daily life. The only except, and the only regular daily dose of quiet I usually encounter in my daily routine, is found in the first few minutes after I wake up in the morning – and before my cats start to audibly alert me that it is time for breakfast!
Now of course the idea that having a quiet time is beneficial isn’t a new idea, and I’m not going to suggest we all go Thoreau-ish and move into a cabin in the woods to obtain some quiet time. However, I do think we tend to forget the benefits of having a quiet time worked into our daily lives and that we should find the time to enjoy some quiet time on a regular basis as it is good for us!
And tonight when I go home I’m not going to turn on Pandora the minuet I get in the door – instead I think I’ll sit down and read and let the quiet unfold around me for a while – after I feed the cats of course!
And here are the links to the two inspiring and reminding articles that prompted me to really think about how infrequently I encounter quiet time in my daily life:
The first article is an opinion piece that was published in the New York Times last Sunday (11-17-12); it is titled The Quiet Ones, itwas written by Tim Kreider and discusses the need and benefits of finding a quiet time via the author riding in the Quiet Car on the train during commutes.
Here’s the link:
The second article is another opinion piece written by Michael T. Dolan for Philly.com and it is titled simply Quiet Time. And instead of using a Quiet Car on a train to highlight the benefits of a quiet time on one’s daily life – the author uses the holiday season which he finds to be a reflective season and one during which quiet reflection is especially meaningful as it is in tune with the rhythm of natural world which is transitioning to its quietest time of the year – winter.
Here’s the link:
And here’s a link to a third article, also found on the NYT website, which I thought was also relevant to the subject of quiet contemplation – although this piece doesn’t focus on finding quiet time itself – instead it focuses on the related, reflective subject of finding time to enjoy life, finding time to smell the roses as the expression goes – and this opinion piece has quite the eye catching title – it is titled On Not Being Dead!
Here’s the link:
And if you’re looking for some inexpensive fun this evening don’t forget the library is hosting a free film! The comedy The Trip will be shown as this evenings’ Friday Night Free Film.
The doors open at 6:45 and the film starts at 7 PM sharp. Join us!
Have a great holiday weekend everyone and don’t forget although the library is open our regular hours today (Friday, 11-23 – 10 AM – 6 PM) and tomorrow (Saturday, 11-24 – 10 AM – 4 PM) and then we will be closed all next week so ceiling tiles in the library can all be replaced.
The library will re-open on Monday, December 3 at 10 AM.