Unplugging to Live in the Present
Recently, I had an issue where my phone broke. It seriously-would not turn on. There was no passing go; do not collect $200, directly to cell phone jail! In this busy world I am one of those people that are so into their phones. It was so hard, at first, to realize that it was broken and there was no fixing it. I also realized that I couldn't even take it to the store until Friday. Being the social butterfly that I am, I'm sure I missed lots of phone calls, text messages, and clients. People probably thought I was ignoring them, the struggle was real. It was so real, in fact, that I tried to Facebook message through my laptop. I forgot about my son's tablet, but I could have used that. My connection to the world was basically shot. On Friday, I thought that I could just get a new phone but we were not prepared to pay more for new phone then we would for the phone I already had. I had to wait until that following Monday to receive the new version of my old phone, which is a Samsung S8.
I really felt lost, but then something magical happened. I was able to really tune in to my child. I played with my baby, read to him more, I even organized his closet! I was able to really catch up with my husband. I was able to watch my TV shows uninterrupted. I was able to get my household chores done earlier, because I was just not distracted. How often are we distracted from doing the things that we know we should be doing? How many times are we having conversations with our spouses or friends with our phones in hand? Are we truly listening to them? We may even talk to the teenagers in our lives about their phones but we are doing the exact same thing and not even realize it. That full week or two without my phone was a blessing. It made me realize that it is perfectly OK to unplug. It is OK to do what you need to do and not be interrupted. It is OK to escape into your life and not be punished for not texting someone back in a timely manner. It is OK to reclaim your time. I'm reclaiming my in the words of Maxine Waters. The lesson I learned with the week of no cell phone was that music sounded good, I mean a real good. Whatever conversation that I did not get to hear could have been heard another time.
Unplugging really forced me to re prioritize my time with those around me and to be in the moment instead of half way there. So I want to encourage my readers to unplug every once in a while to give yourself permission to live life and be present. I also want to know what are some of the ways that you unplug in your life? How are you remaining present in the moment?