Arthur Rosenfeld wrote an inspiring piece for The Huffington Post today called “Fmail Or Fountain Pen? The Imperative To Unplug And Slow Down” (Fmail = Facebook Mail). I don’t think we can have enough reminders to slow down every now and again. The last and most engaging paragraph of his essay is below:
“Which path is for you? Do you want to take control of your own life sometime before speed-and-greed eat you alive, or do you want to stay on the train and wait for a silicon brain and a titanium heart? Perhaps you think you know, perhaps you don’t. Either way, even though it’s easier, try using a fountain pen instead of Fmail every now and then. Take a moment, unscrew the cap, feel the nicely weighted barrel in your hand, run your fingers over a smooth, clean piece of piece of paper, and write down thoughts and feelings to share with a friend. Feel the fine grit of the surface of the paper as the nib runs over it, and appreciate the flow of the tiny, beautiful, blue river of ink. Carefully consider what you want to say, because there is no back button and no deleting the paragraph, either. Notice how your breathing slows and your muscles relax and your mind becomes aware of the buzzing of the refrigerator and the wailing of the cat outside and the chirp of birds and the sound of wind at the window and the dull thud of your heartbeat. When you’re done, post your letter in snail mail and go meet someone for tea.”
~ Arthur Rosenfeld
And with that, I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am going to gleefully ignore my computer for the next four days. Until Monday!