I’m feeling a bit ‘dis’-connected these days. Its part of a conscious choice so why is this bothering me?Why, I wonder? What’s keeping me thinking about being connected? Is it this lack of contact daily contact, my lack of interest in topics I see, or a strong desire for less communication? What is ‘dis’ all about?
From the online etymology dictionary ‘dis’ is described as:
“word-forming element of Latin origin meaning 1. “lack of, not” (as in dishonest); 2. “opposite of, do the opposite of” (as in disallow); 3. “apart, away” (as in discard), from Old French des- or directly from Latin dis- “apart, asunder, in a different direction”
“As a living prefix in English, it reverses or negatives what it is affixed to.”from https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=dis
For now, there is a ‘dis’ connection, since I’m doing the opposite of connecting, in this time of being away from others in digital spaces. Not to say I’ve totally withdrawn and gone full ludite since that not the case. I’ve taken this period of time to slow down my connections, ease up on the pedal since it’s not full steam ahead. This is a time to step back, re-evaluate directions, look at the bigger map for new perspectives, and sit in silence once in a while. This will dis-tance myself from some connections for a period of time. I will ‘dis’ allow digital distractions to interrupt or interfere with this slowing down.
While I do this with conscious action, I wonder about the consequences – with FOMO on the horizon, when I step back and ‘dis’ like digital engagements. Will this result in ‘dis’abled collaborations or ‘dis’carded friendships? This ‘dis’comfort is puzzling!
Nonetheless – this is a healthy decision. I’ll continue to strive for a reprieve from the hurry and flurry of being fully engaged with this ‘dis’connected time and space.