Adventure and exploration,  Health & wellbeing,  Inspirational quotes

How to feel more alive

“Try to learn to breathe deeply, really taste your food when you eat….Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive.” ~William Saroyan

Many of us are experiencing life primarily through screens and devices. If we’re not scrolling our cell phones, we’re watching TV or staring at a laptop or a computer monitor (like I’m doing right now). Online, we can read articles, watch videos, and view photos from the other side of the planet. Thanks to social media, we can have friends across the country without leaving the house. We can be all alone together.

I often wonder if “virtual reality” is why we feel disconnected (or even a little numb) sometimes. That’s when we need to spend more time outdoors or gather with other people — in person.

Today’s quote is a wake-up call to walk away from our devices, pay attention to our surroundings, and savor the flavors and colors of real life. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! ~CL

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Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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