We all have seem to have plenty of interruptions in our days. Phone calls. Social media alerts. Text messages. Emails. People who just can’t stop talking. This newsletter may even be an interruption to your lunch hour. 

Some interruptions can be good and even welcomed, but most simply do one thing: interrupt. 

It is difficult now to imagine when we were not accessible at all times. For the younger readers of this newsletter, you never experienced those simpler days when you could truly unplug. For the rest of us, it really wasn’t that long ago. 

Do you remember when you could start a project and actually finish it without any rings, beeps, dings or alerts? Sounds soothing, huh?

I was driving my truck the other day and this all came to mind, remembering when being in my vehicle was a time of solace to get away from the hustle and bustle of the home or the office. It was a time when others didn’t know where I was or what I was doing, and that was OK. All those seemingly urgent things could wait. 

Somewhere along the line, something changed. We now suddenly feel the need to be accessible 24/7 and to share with others those seemingly important things like what we had for breakfast, a couple hundred selfies, and where we “checked in” at. And, of course, we have to learn what others had for breakfast, look at their couple hundred selfies, and see where they “checked in” at.

It’s an addiction, one that some would argue was perpetrated by Big Tech for corporate gain. And, like any addiction, it can be difficult to kick. Meanwhile, until Congress reins in the data-stealers, we need to try even harder to find time without interruptions, the solace that is required to keep our sanity.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and, as always, thank you for reading.

Shane Goodman
Editor and Publisher
Times Vedette digital newsletter