QUEST: June 5

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Let me say that I’m not an anti-technology neanderthal.  For most of my career, I’ve depended upon (and usually mastered) the technology needed to do my job.  In fact, I’m using technology to prepare for my upcoming Quest (See the image which my “smart phone” yielded after a recent long practice walk).

This tech comes in handy when I want to know just how far I’ve walked in practice for next month’s Big Walk.

I’m not saying that this Quest marks the end of my use of screens forever. 

I’m just taking a seven-week break.

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If I pull it off, I’ll be happy to let you know how it was to go back to 1978 for a little while (except that I did watch TV in ’78).

All these screens with which we’ve surrounded ourselves – including the one we all carry around all the time and feel naked without – well, they’ve made life so much more convenient.  Can’t remember a song title?  Wondering about last night’s baseball score?  Curious about, well, anything?

You can look it up.  Right now.

Yes, life is much more convenient with that screen in your pocket.

But is it better?

I don’t know the answer.  But I don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion that screens have given us a better overall life.

Let’s see if my Quest gives me any more insight.  I might come back and declare that everyone should take a similar break from their screens… or, of course, I might tell you I was nuts to try it myself.

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I’ve walked more than 45 miles in practice chunks each of the past three months, and will continue practicing a little in June.  I want to be in the best walking shape possible, but also rested and refreshed, when I start my Quest walk.

Through a combination of cutting carbs and intermittent fasting, I’ve lost 20-some pounds over the last couple of months, too.  Each pound I lose takes more pressure off my joints, and my practice walks have indicated to me that I’m going to need those joints in good working order!

I’ve also practiced the “reading pattern” I intend to adopt during my Quest.  Each day, I’ll read some scripture before starting my walk, then walk 10-12 miles and think about what I read, and then read some more that afternoon or evening after the walk has concluded.  So far I’ve re-read about a quarter of the Bible, and I’ve rediscovered (or re-appreciated) some of the insights I hadn’t thought about for many years.

Thanks for reading, and for following along as I prepare for my Quest.  If you want to share your thoughts, please send an email to michael@michaelhume.net.

Blessings!

Michael, June 5, 2024

Michael D. Hume, M.S.

Michael Hume is a freelance writer, singer, and songwriter, and author of The 95th Christmas. He's an honor graduate of the Defense Information School, and holds an M.S. from the University of Colorado School of Business. Michael is the author of hundreds of online articles, including the popular series Great Leadership Requires Inspiration, The Conscience of a Restorationist, Appreciate Your Adversaries, and Take Care of Your Business.

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