First up, Eef:
What I have learned from this challenge:
|“And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, “This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This is what’s important.”|
― Iain Thomas
And lastly, I’ll share my thoughts as well:
When the moment to turn off my phone was near, I was already looking forward to being away from the constant notifications and feigned urgency. At the very start of being separated from my phone, it took a moment to let go of a rushed feeling. When sleeping that night, I even dreamed I accidently turned my phone on again. But after that short, weird phase, I felt perfectly at rest and more able to enjoy free time which does not have to be ‘filled’ with new notifications/messages/news articles/memes all the time. I so enjoyed the timeless feeling that made me feel it’s okay to not do it all, but instead do very little. It felt like a breath of fresh air. And at the same time, I did so much in the ‘real’ world that day. I connected with my parents, painted a wall, planted seeds and repotted plants, sat in the sun with my sister, went for a drive with my cousin, met two of his friends, and enjoyed an amazing meal with good company. And the very best thing was that I could give them my undivided attention. In the evening, I got on the train to go home. I already was ‘allowed’ to turn my phone on again, but I didn’t want to – not yet. Instead, I watched the sky change colors after sunset and felt grateful for the past day.
“I told Miyazaki I love the “gratuitous motion” in his films; instead of every movement being dictated by the story, sometimes people will just sit for a moment, or they will sigh, or look in a running stream, or do something extra, not to advance the story but only to give the sense of time and place and who they are. “We have a word for that in Japanese,” he said. “It’s called ma. Emptiness. It’s there intentionally.” Is that like the “pillow words” that separate phrases in Japanese poetry? “I don’t think it’s like the pillow word.” He clapped his hands three or four times. “The time in between my clapping is ma. If you just have non-stop action with no breathing space at all, it’s just busyness, But if you take a moment, then the tension building in the film can grow into a wider dimension. If you just have constant tension at 80 degrees all the time you just get numb.”” ― Rogert Ebert on Hayao Miyazaki