Do you have a screen free zone?
Do you take time and space to get away, I mean
really get away, and disconnect?
Can you remember the last time you spent more
than 24 hours without checking email, your phone
and text messages, Facebook or other internet
It’s hard to believe that this is how life is for
so many of us!
Last week I had a stunning reminder.
I arrived at the hotel in the early afternoon.
The view from the balcony was breath-taking; the
distant blue of the ocean, the rolling hills, the
gardens of the resort and the quiet calm feel of
vacation in the air.
I had checked and been assured weeks before that
there would be internet connection all over the
hotel and in my room. I had my schedule to keep
up with; this was a work engagement, not a
vacation. My laptop was ready, my to-do list
The first thing I did after looking at the view
from my balcony was to take out my laptop and try
to get connected. It didn’t work. I reckoned I
must need a password, or perhaps I was trying on
the wrong network.
After finding my way around, greeting my hosts
and spending some time familiarizing myself with
the conference topics and attendees, I returned to
the front desk to figure out the ‘internet issue’.
‘Ah yes’, the Manager said, ‘it’s a little
problem, doesn’t always connect’.
I thought, ‘a little problem’, everything
suddenly felt urgent, what would I do without
connection, how long was it out for? I have to
admit…I felt lost.
I also felt a little ridiculous. I mean, since
when was I so dependent upon being connected?
What was the panic? What would happen if I
actually had a few days without connectivity?
How bad could it be?
I had to get clear on this one.
I sat on the balcony feeling somewhat tense.
Then I started to feel a familiar tickle deep
inside that slowly swirled up until it became a
laugh. What was I thinking?
Suddenly I felt completely washed in gratitude
and joy. No connection, what a blessing!
Why on earth had I waited until it was imposed
Why don’t I do this on a more regular basis?
I was free to really hear the conversations and
stories around me. No distractions, no call to do
something else…just the real stories of real
people…what a treat!
So, what about you?
Do you feel nervous and uncomfortable at the
thought of being disconnected for a while?
If not, great!
If yes, go one, do it….don’t wait until you find
yourself in a remote hotel in a land far away.
Do it now!
Get yourself disconnected and start listening to
the conversations and stories all around you.
You will be amazed at how good you feel!
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