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Be the Woman You Want to Be by Elisabeth Wilson, Infinite Ideas

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135. Switching off

From the internet to mobile phones, we are always switched on and plugged in. Turn it all off and see what happens.

The buzz of electricity is always with us. Try reverting to a slower, more calming time when bleeps and ringtones didn’t interrupt your every thought.

I recently arrived from London at a house I was minding for a friend in Sussex to find all the lights out. He has an electricity meter and, while he’d been away, the electricity paid for on his card had run out. As it was 6pm, the shop where you could top up the card was shut. I’d have to spend the night with no TV and no lights. It was winter so it was already pitch black. I lit some candles and discovered that you can singe your eyebrows if you try to read ...

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