Spend eight hours in front of a computer, on the telephone, texting, and figuring out technical problems, and your mind becomes a blur.
Do this five days a week for several years, and your eyesight constricts, your skin hardens, your nose dulls – and a keen memory rich with emotional palettes becomes a thing of the past.
Machinating is what we do when we let the mind spin with little more intention, flexibility, or creative openness other than to “get things done.” It’s not the same as thinking. Or musing. Or imagining. Or creating. Or experiencing.
A day of machinating blurs the day’s contours into a mush of gray. By day’s end, your memory has captured little because not much has awakened keen, nuanced emotions and senses – the velcro of memory.
At dinner my wife said, “You seemed to have had a good day.” She said that because I stayed locked to my desk almost the whole day in online software training, in refining documents, in researching technology platforms, and more. I barely saw the sky. She meant I was productive and focused, which I was, but I’m less certain about the day’s quality.
Still, there are highlights, and having such a day reminds me to shift the shape of the next day.
What about you? Did you evade machinating? Share your day’s three highlights and let us know where you’re writing from.
See you in the woods,
The Three Highlights Guy