As recent as a generation or two ago, we never had labels like these
ADD, ADHD could be punched out on a manual typewriter, but that was about it. Today, we don’t just have labels, but we have the medical industry welcoming these “diseases” with open arms, pens in hand. Doctors sign their names to prescriptions like Oprah Winfrey at a book signing. We have become marvelous at labels, treating symptoms, and the self fulfilling prophesies. But here’s the secret:
We all have ADD
We all have ADD not because something is wrong with us, but because we have too much to try to remember.
When released from 40 years at Shawshank Prison, Brooks wrote: “The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry.” Thanks to our mobile devices, this pretty much sums up the rapid distractions happening all around us.
- We don’t sit at a traffic light without secretly checking our phones.
- We don’t go for a walk in the woods without our Ibuds plugged in.
- We don’t take a dump without thumbing through our inbox.
Sauna makes us real
We build saunas with foil bubble wrap. The unintended benefit is that it keeps cell phones from working, at least in the hot room. We are able to disconnect and get real. When we do this, we find that we aren’t as messed up as our calendar and inbox says we are. We take a deep breath and be here now.
Like intensely wonderful steam from water being tossed on sauna rocks, stoicism comes waifing in.
Rave on down through the industrial revolution
Empiricism, atomic and nuclear age
Rave on, fill the senses
On nature’s bright green shady path