We interrupt your regular scheduled programming with a post independent of the "25 things" series.
I started Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas Friedman this past week. I'm not reading it in the conventional sense, I am actually listening to it via the ipod. I've not really used an audio book before, I usually prefer to hold the book in hand, and turn the page; however I've started going to the gym, have the gym membership and everything, and I wanted something besides music or aimless TV to listen to while I worked out. There are a number of books, primarily non fiction that I've been wanting to read and Hot, Flat, and Crowded is one of them.
So, I began the journey into the book this past week and tonight I was reminded of what I had read. Which (not supposed to start sentences with "which" are you?) as an aside surprised me because while I was listening to the book I would find my mind wandering, and all of a sudden I would realize 'ummm, not too sure what he is on about, suppose I had better listen in again.'
Continuing...Friedman begins his book with the story of the American Consulate in
The reason this came to mind tonight was that I found myself in a similar situation to
Standing with the other ladies tonight I realized how easy it is for me to default to isolation. It is no longer complete isolation because of the 6'6" man by my side, but it is a different type of isolation. This time it isn't so much by choice, but from my current lifestyle, although I do find myself leaning towards a life of isolation rather than inclusion. The scary thing is that things like Facebook and the blogging give the illusion of living connected, but really they foster isolation.
Yet despite the many means of communication it isn't too difficult to be cut off from those around you, to be at work, to be home, and neither see nor hear from those you hold dear for days at a time. I know I have a tendency to revert to isolation mode in life, and I know that when I do my life lacks the richness and abundance I was called to live in. Knowing this about myself, I know that if America continues her trend of isolation born and breed out of fear, that they too will fail to "live" a full and abundant life, and again I know from personal experience this is no way to live life.