Limited Access

Today is May 21, 2016

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My 10 year old daughter won a tablet raising money for The American Heart Association. Her big brother has a cardio-myopathy so she is super motivated.

This device is the first for her. I was thinking about her screen-use and wondering about how best to limit it and I had an epiphany. I, like so many around me, am completely distracted from the here and now by the damn illuminated rectangle in my hand – it became clear that in order for me to feel right about limiting Lucy’s tablet use I needed to limit my own.

It started immediately.


The relief was immediate.


So here goes!

30 minutes twice a day on the illuminated screen, plus one day a week for work/sales.

It’s a social experiment I’ll be undertaking this week, I am calling it Limited Access:

So far I have spent a few focused intervals wondering how best to spend this super limited timeframe. What is most important to me?

Spent time writing in my journal with pen and ink, my favorite new drawing tool a Quill pen and india ink.  Fun to write with too cause you gotta keep dipping –  slowing  –   Thank you kindly for that inspiration Dan Blakeslee!

Dan playing at BINGO! Gallery earlier this year with some of his amazing artwork on the wall.
Dan playing at BINGO! Gallery earlier this year with some of his amazing artwork on the wall.

Enjoying the moment, spending more time with my kids and hubby – like really WITH them.  And checking OUT of all the spinning whirling craziness happening out there in cyber land.  Upon initial contemplation what I came up with as ‘most important’ is accountability.  So I’ll be using this platform keep myself accountable and to post my findings.

Stay tuned.

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  • Lorimer Burns

    Yes! I love this and am attempting the same sort of experiment myself. This time last year, I became reacquainted with an old friend thru FB (naturally). Instead of sending emails (I don’t like talking on the phone (never have) and extended computer use hurts my neck), I suggested writing letters. It sounds hyperbolic but it has CHANGED MY F&*^ING LIFE! I hesitate to analyze why but it has and continues to be the best mindfullness practice I have fallen into in 20 years. Having moved a lot in my 20s and early 30s I wrote often to friends and family. I didn’t know how much I missed it. I wrote sporadically with one friend before this but since have added 2 more friends. I always have a letter or two in the works. I LOVE standing in my local PO reading the colorful pages my friend Susan faithfully sends once to 3 times a week because I can’t wait to get it open. Oh I could go on and on but I want to get OFF this illuminated rectangle and get my hands DIRTY. As ever, love to you and your family. L.

  • Gibelle

    This is a great idea, Crispina – I would like to try the limited access myself.
    And Lorimer, I love the idea of your letter-writing practice! I used to be a letter writer but haven’t written a real one in years. In fact, a couple of years ago a Danish friend I reconnected with via Facebook sent me some amazing mail art / letters but because I couldn’t get my act together to do the same in return, he got frustrated with me and gave up. :I
    It’s inspiring to hear how big this practice is for you!