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 favorites?
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 prepared.
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 upon me?
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 on, 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!© Copyright 2012 Lisa Bloom