Return to Sender

November 18th, 2009

Daily Om tells me to grow my soul. Daily Bite tells me how to save the planet. Daily Candy incites me to buy, buy, buy. Daily Kabbalah Tuneup warns me to ward off negative thoughts. The Daily Beast keeps me up to date on celebrities and politics in a shouting sort of way. To round off the morning, The Writer’s Almanac sends me a poem a day, and Notes from the Universe sends a daily “personal” message geared just to me–and their other 150,000 other subscribers. Inspirational, environmental or just plain eye candy — I’m not sure all of these daily messages add that much to my life. In fact, sometimes it feels like I’m being pecked to death by virtual ducks. In Ted Mooney’s 1981 novel, Easy Travel to Other Planets, some of the characters would drop in their tracks, stricken by a malady called “information sickness,” in which the collection of information led to an insatiable hunger for yet more information. I believe the symptoms included bleeding from the ears. When I open my email, I understand how that could happen. And it doesn’t help just to delete the messages unread — their very arrival makes me feel like I’m behind in my homework before I even start my day. So I’m going to have to decide if my world will be rocked if I unsubscribe and try to take care of my own soul, be my own cheerleader, find my own Amazing Finds, start writing my own little poems again and remember to put out the recycling every other week without benefit of a digital elbow in the ribs. It might be like pushing off into uncharted territory since I barely remember life before the Daily Nag, but I’m sure it will leave a little more of the daily silence that ideas need in order to take root.

2 Responses to “Return to Sender”

  1. V-Grrrl @ Compost Studios says:

    This post surpassed a simple LOL. I laughed long and hard over this (but I won't say I laughed my ass off, because sadly there is still PLENTY of that to sit on).

    The line about being pecked to death by ducks set me off, and then your reference to the Daily Nag finished me. Still laughing as I write this…

    Great piece.

  2. dragonflyreflections says:

    I took the plunge and unsubscribed from all of them (om, universe, kabalah, etc.) a few weeks ago. I still worry a little that I'm missing something, especially when other people gush over the latest message, but mostly I feel a sort of freedom! Like I can finally think for myself without having to interpret what all of those daily messages might "mean" in the context of my life.


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