If you didn’t know, today and tomorrow you have an excuse to turn off the cellphone, the television, the ipad, the tablet, the ipod, the kindle and other devices vying for your attention and focus your attention on someone or something you love. The international Days of Unplugging are here March 7-8th.
It’s easy to go through life with your head down, buried in media and being a voyeur in the lives of others. We are overworked and overbooked. We see events through cameras and video and pictures. We connect through email and text- with 5 different people at once. We stumble home, turn on the tv, plop on the couch and think briefly of all the things we’d love to be doing if we had the energy.
We feel guilty that we haven’t had that dinner we keep talking about with a close friend, or we haven’t made that phone call to family who’s ill or going through a rough time.
This is your weekend to carve out the time to live firmly in the present. It doesn’t have to be the whole weekend of staying unplugged. Commit to 30 minutes, one phone call, one meal with friends, an afternoon with a book, a walk on the greenway or whatever is worthy of your attention.
Once your in the midst of that moment, you will not regret the time spent. You may even see opportunity, adventure and happiness that you missed.
What will you unplug for? We want to know. Go to NationalDayOfUnplugging.org for your sign and more ideas.