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Clicking Clicking

Technology Trap

This week during Wild Writing we were given the prompt “clicking clicking” a taken from a Marie Howe poem. I admit though that I thought about naming it “This is Your Brain Online.”

We are to take the prompt and write, non-stop, for 15 minutes. We are to write quickly, pen not leaving the paper, so as to short-circuit our inner-cleverness and attempts to be ‘good’ writers.

What I wrote is true. What I wrote is not a ‘whoa is me’ whine. It’s not a complaint. It’s an extraction of my own monkey mind shared in service of all of our awakening.

I’m sharing it because I want to remind us all that we’re not so different from each other. I’m sharing it because I want to highlight the deafening noise so many of us choose to live with. I’m sharing it because I want to encourage all of us to take a stand against the draining of our ease.

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clicking clicking

what if you could watch someone’s internet use over their shoulder.

The clicking clicking

email.
Facebook.
Twitter.
Hootsuite.

Another email inbox, in another browser.

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Chrome. Safari. Oh and Firefox too, for Infusionsoft.

Then Pinterest and HuffPo for soothing and distraction.

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Google Drive with three half written blog posts. Inspiration petering out into insecurity.

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That YouTube video of the cute dog singing.

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iMovie and the video you agreed to record for another’s e-course. Get the lighting right. Set the laptop on a stack of cookbooks.

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Google calendar, when’s my next client? Where’s the time to write? Or take a nap?

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What’s new on J.Crew?

Everyone’s Retweeting her piece, I should read it.

Paypal. Who do I owe? Who owes me?

Kaiser Permanente. Messaging Dr. Wang, I think my throat is sick again. When can I come in?

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Do I have time to watch The Bachelor?

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That David Leibovitz ginger cake recipe. I should get a shopping list together.

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“Five Things You Should Take Off Your Site Right Now” Phew, I don’t have any of those.

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Evites and Skype calls and hours lost in Photoshop and on Etsy.

clicking clicking

He sends a link. I send one back. And so it goes.

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Southwest. Got my ticket to Vegas. Should I get the others?

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3 am. Can’t sleep. Lance Armstrong, with Spanish subtitles. The whole three hours.

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Did anyone like my Instagram photo? Phone in one hand, the other resting on the keyboard.

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Not really getting anywhere. Inbox at 50. Down to 30. Up to 44. There’s no winning.

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Requests. Request. Requests.

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Clients in need. Clients in fogs. Clients in joy.

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An invitation to teach.

A reminder I’m late.

20 newsletters I never read.

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a photo of my sister’s pregnant belly.

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Amazon. Adding to my cart.

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Moo.com is having a 25% off sale. Should I order? I don’t need anything.

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A friend’s salacious email i’m bcc’d on.

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The Milo Foundation. Who’s up for adoption? And Craigslist. What do houses cost?

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Make the haircut appointment online. Cancel the haircut appointment online.

clicking clicking

What’s really happening here?

 

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Comments

  1. laurie wagner January 25, 2013

    Rachel – I was astounded when I heard this the first time – your ability to name it and reveal it is powerful. Thank you baby – so good!

    • rachel January 27, 2013

      xo, R

  2. Mara January 28, 2013

    Breathtaking. And illuminating. Thank you. Xo

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