(photo credit: Information overload by Spark CBC on flickr.com. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode.)
I’m interested in everything. I always want to go deeper. And wider. And even wider.
This should be a good thing. This is a good thing. Except when it is not.
Lately, I’ve started my day with my “Happy” light. The idea is to keep it within a couple feet of you, blaring its light, for about 45 minutes in the morning. This will keep the sundowners syndrome from creeping into your day. I’m prone to that, so I bought the light.
While I’ve got the light on, I scroll through my email. I receive several daily emails that direct me to articles that sound interesting. I read a lot in those 45 minutes, but I don’t get to a quarter of what I’ve received that morning that sounds interesting to me. So I click on the links to the articles or videos or audios that I don’t get to in my 45 minutes and save them on my computer. I don’t put them on my Safari “Reading List” because I know I’ll never look at them again. I don’t bookmark them for the same reason. I keep them as an open tab on my computer, which I minimize while I go about my day.
Every so often, I have 20 minutes to read (during lunch, when I can’t seem to get myself to work on my writing, when I’m sitting on hold with the insurance company), so I open one of the links and read. If I find the article not as interesting as I’d expected, I will stop in the middle, delete the link, and move on to the next thing.
I get into the most trouble when I save video or audio files. They are almost always longer than a few minutes. And often, they are part of a series of files on a subject that I want to know more about. Two hours pass in a minute when I get stuck in that sort of loop.
I know the answer is to stop opening the links. Stop saving them. Stop reading them.
But I can’t. Or rather I won’t.
My drive to know is too strong. Which is why I need to end here. I’ve got fifteen links left to read or listen to before tomorrow, when I’m sure to add a boatload more.
(Note to Readers: I opened this document intending to write about climate change. I came across an article that does a pretty good job explaining the basics and wanted to share it with you. I also wanted to talk about it, but instead, the stuff above came out. So here’s the link to the NYT article, “Short Answers to Hard Questions About Climate Change“. I hope you read it. It was clear and concise and addressed the issues without overwhelming me.)
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