We have become technology freaks. Email, facebook, texting, tweeting, blogging (present company included)…doesn’t anyone pick up the phone anymore? How about receiving a hand written card in the mail? Face to face conversations…remember those?
I’ll admit I’m hitting the keyboard hard with the best of them. I don’t know if it’s because spring is in the air or a longing for a slower pace but lately I’ve been thinking about simpler times. Use to be after a long work week I looked forward to two whole days of stillness, uninterrupted time to pause, dream, brainstorm, watch clouds and screen phone calls. My time was my time.
Now, there’s this flashing light on my phone warning me that someone, somewhere is trying to communicate with me. It’s got to be urgent right? What if it’s a business deal, a sick friend or family member, an invitation to dinner or a cruise? I gotta check it, I gotta check it, I gotta check it.
…Only to find out it’s a facebook friend with a pork loin in the crock pot and I’m not even invited to dinner mind you.
Guess what? I don’t have to friggin’ check it. No…I don’t. I’ve decided (clearing my throat with confidence) that I will be checking myself into digital rehab on the weekends. In April. Baby steps for now. So if you are trying to connect with me on the weekend I suggest you phone me and if I don’t pick up, leave a message but it might be Monday before I get back to you.
I read somewhere that we are a nation with all this information and still desperate for wisdom.
Rx: Take a couple of days of stillness to sift through all the knowledge we receive during the week for the wisdom to improve our health, our relationships, our businesses, our communities, our world.
Be brave, unplug and unwind. You might just sit still long enough to plan your next greatest achievement, a fantastic career move or life makeover!
P.S. D@mn…there’s that flashing light again.