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Check Your Pockets

Image via Alex Robert

We feel naked without our mobile device. This isn’t unusual. We also feel naked without our wallet or our purse, or at the most fundamental level, our clothes!

Once something becomes so customary and ingrained into our daily lives, we can’t leave home without it. The phone will become even more indispensable as it converges our wallets, passports, and our house and car keys. The fewer things we have to carry the more worried we have to be when we lose those items.

We’re creatures of habit. We need our phones to participate in modern day society, or we end up out of touch, which of course, might not be such a bad thing.

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From Peace to Prosperity

Too many people, too many ideas, too much attention. That’s the big city.

Few people, few ideas, few distractions. That’s the woods.

We’re all living in a big city mentality today. We fear falling behind on the latest celebrity gossip, breaking news, and TV show banter on Facebook and Twitter.

The noise can be so overwhelming that we either keep up and contribute to the feeds or we give up completely. There’s rarely middle-ground.

People think that more is better. More creates more anxiety. More intrudes on a peaceful, simple life.

“My greatest skill in life has been to want but little.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

People buy speed and excess because it supplies a hit of dopamine. The online world is like playing the slot machines in Las Vegas. But patience will define the individual in the 21st century. Quality always exceeds excess.

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Walden-like river house in Serbia
Walden-like river house in Serbia
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Hermit who lived in Maine

He had lived in someone else’s woods, undetected under camouflage-colored tarps and completely off the grid; he paid no taxes, had no address and never used a cellphone. He told the police that he had not spoken during his decades of self-exile except for one day in the 1990s when he uttered a greeting to a passing hiker.

Amazing story. Out of touch and completely in touch with society at the same time. 27 years in the woods, Walden style.

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I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

Henry David Thoreau