Woke up to a power outage this morning. No lights, no heat, but fortunately we have a gas stove and had the means to cook, and we had water.
Cobbled together some oatmeal in the dark, but didn’t risk taking showers. G walked the dog and went to the office where there was power.
I had a lot of computer work to do that I couldn’t do. The house started getting cold. I went up into my not-so-cozy lair and did a chilly 20 minute meditation.
Came back down, put the fireplace on, snuggled under a blanket, got out the fountain pen and my book and wrote and read all morning.
It was heaven.
I love my electronics more than you know. iPhone, iPad, MacBookPro. Love, love, love. But they enslave me.
I have to say, I didn’t want the power to come back on. At least not for a while. Without the hum of the fridge and whirr of the heating system cycling on and off, the house had no buzz, no pulse. Mine was the only pulse, and I could really hear it.
The gas fireplace emitted a little hiss, but that was it. Just the sound of my book page turning, and the little scritch of a pen nib across paper.
It was perfectly simple.
At first my inability to engage with my beloved gadgets was frustrating, but it soon turned into this unexpected gift: the gift of slow, unhurried time.
What would most certainly have been a morning of shooting off emails and getting through paperwork, turned into a throwback to a time without buzzy things screaming for, and insisting upon my attention.
I did have 2 appointment to get to however, so I had to get dressed and leave this “Little House on the Prairie” moment.
Soon after I returned, power was restored and I immediately dove headlong right back into my keyboards and my machines, and tried to catch up.
Now as I get ready to head up to bed, the house is warm and lit.
I just turned off the TV, and I am still thinking about my beautiful analog morning. I am not wishing for another power outage tomorrow morning –oh god no– I have a full day of busy tomorrow, but it is just too bad that it sometimes takes take a power outage to make me realize the power of my own power.