Wisdom Wednesday #68 – The Right to Disconnect
I have worked in the entertainment industry for 10 years this August.
Yes, 10 YEARS. 10 years ago, I interned on my first full feature. I remember how excited I was to get my foot in the door in an industry that in a lot of ways felt like an underground closed private club. I didn’t quite know how to break into it. I wanted to be a part of this industry since I was 16 years old and the internship was the start of my dream coming to fruition.
When I work on a movie, the movie owns me. I work 50 -60 hours a week or more, because it is an industry standard. The position that I hold requires me to work sometimes on the weekend too. As soon as I start a new movie, I keep my phone on at all times and I have grown accustom to checking my emails before I get out of bed each morning and a few times before I go to bed at night. When I am not working on a movie, my life swings the other way towards lost of rest, relaxation, pampering and silence.
My desire to unplug from my personal social media accounts for two months and limit my cell phone use to my community was me creating a sacred space to write so I could focus on writing. I didn’t know it, but I was also reclaiming my personal space, time and energy.
You can not be on all the time. I realized that wisdom very clearly when I got so sick for six weeks this past fall. Through my time in the industry I have inadvertently gained a deeper understanding of my values and what is truly important to me in life. I value my weekends and evenings more then I ever did as a child. And I value my personal that much more.
Prior to the technology boom, it was customary for people to have personal time to regroup, rest and relax. There was less technological noise (like beeps, whistles and music) in public spaces that has now become white noise to us. We often go to nature to quiet are mind and forget that it was in nature that we lived at one time as one and it provided everything for us. Nature is still there, and while we live in houses and cities, we can still bring that essences back into our lives. Our bodies need it.
Today’s Wisdom comes from Bill Maher. Please listen between the words and see the wisdom that it holds.
Love – Stephanie XO
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