I had a wonderful opportunity for mental rest over the holidays.
I drove for many, many hours in silence while my daughter happily occupied herself with various travel activities in the back seat.
I discovered that I like my mental space. I enjoy having time for contemplation without a computer screen and social media.
Thus my dilemma.
I've found many rewarding friendships through social media. I've met really special people.
But mental background noise from social media is cramping my ability to practice the spiritual disciplines of solitude and silence.
I think I may try cutting back to only one day per week of blogging and visiting my friends' blogs. During the silence of my drive, I found new inspiration for my novel. I sorted through several complicated situations in my personal life, and I talked to God about them. (I've learned to keep my eyes open while praying and driving!) While I didn't "solve" any of these problems, I found peace with all of them.
I can't do without my silence. I have to make room for it.