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Jen Pollock Michel

( author + writer + speaker )

And another thing . . .

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Yesterday, I wrote about my wrestle with the self and the smartphone. (Read When Your Right Hand Causes You to Sin: Part I and Part II). However, I think writing about my abuse of technology will probably parallel the experience of writing about the importance of exercise - and then not exercising for 6 weeks. My words, even my CONFESSIONS, expose my own hypocrisies.

Or maybe, if I were to be more generous, it's less about my deliberate hypocrisy and more about my humanity. I never write anything I don't mean. The real trouble I have is living into the words that I mean.

I am on a journey - just like you - and often this blog is the place where I come to learn. I hope you'll grant me that grace, to not have it all figured out, to trip on my own two left feet?

This is all preamble to why I'm really here: I wanted to add an addendum to yesterday's post about technology It's just a quote from Anne Morrow Lindbergh's book Gift from the Sea (which is a fantastic read!):

"For life today in America is based on the premise of every-widening circles of contact and communication. (And this in 1955!) . . . This is not the life of simplicity but the life of multiplicity that the wise men warn us of. It leads not to unification but fragmentation. It does not bring grace; it destroys the soul. . . .

How desirable and how distant is the ideal of the contemplative, artist or saint - the inner inviolable core, the single eye."

Distraction isn't a contemporary condition: I guess it's been around a long time. We have long been at this work of learning to silence the noise and attend the voice of God. And it is no easy task, but I believe it is the way we create room to pray, to praise, to work and live in the rhythm of love.