Listen, living in the 21st Century surely has it's perks. I mean, just shy of 30 years ago there was no internet. How on EARTH were we surviving? You mean to tell me that there was actually a life worth living when we weren't able to tweet every thought that came to mind, SnapChat our entire day, or Facebook endless pictures of our cute kids, as we aim to become the envy of all of our high school peers? What does a life without that even look like? Who remembers?
The internet and World Wide Web puts the world in the palm of our hands. The "instant gratification" nature of it has created an e-addicted society, resulting in the declining interest in human to human contact and communication. You know, the act of actually picking up a phone to call someone and having real time dialogue, and being able to hear the comforting familiarity in someone's voice instead of an exchange of acronyms and emojis via text message (although emojis give me life!). Or, maybe even sitting with the people you love and enjoying their company without checking your timelines every 5 minutes.
Sit back and think about how much time you've wasted aimlessly browsing social media, online stores, or news sites? My right hand is raised in the sky and I am guilty as charged! But about two months ago, I decided to log off and only allow myself the bare minimum (work related usage). I have to admit that I had a couple of relapses with online shopping (home to be exact) but I definitely put forth the effort! The turning point for me though, was one day just realizing how disconnected I felt with reality, with nature, with some of the relationships with the people in my life. I didn't realize how heavily I relied on technology to express myself, to conduct business, to shop, and just to live LIFE! So, I decided to disconnect and when I tell you it has been one of the best decisions I have made...I tell you the truth!
Being able to physically pick up a book and read it instead of reading on a device, being able to take a walk outside with my children and just breathe and enjoy the beauty surrounding me instead of taking a picture of it and posting it online, and just being able to sit in stillness and do nothing but enjoy my serenity and peace, has been nothing short of amazing! It's like my senses have been reawakened! I have a renewed appreciation for the birds chirping in the mornings, for the happiness the sun makes me feel as it rises and peeks through my windows, for the sound of the wind blowing past my ear, for the construction workers banging and drilling at 6a.m., and even for the morning breath (in all of it's glory) that I'm subjected to by my family every single day. These things are just a constant reminder for me that life truly is a gift (yes...even the morning breath) and I want to dance in it's essence instead of walking on it's surface.
I'm in no way against the convenience of life that technology has created, but if you ever find yourself disconnected from what's real and important (higher power, family, spirit, nature, friends, love) and more intrigued by what isn't, then it may be time for you to take a break and allow some things to realign.
Until next time...