Digital distancing…

“Disconnecting from our technology to reconnect with ourselves is absolutely essential for wisdom.”

Arianna Huffington

This weekend I had one of those all too rare experiences where I had very limited cellular and internet service. We went camping as a family on our farm so we could appropriately distance from any and everyone. I didn’t realize until we got there that we would have almost no connectivity. While I did make sure to drive out to get a message to those I work with, and also to check in a few times just to make sure I wasn’t missing any messages from work, I couldn’t read any news or receive any online news updates. That was the best part of having no service, there was no somber news and no way to get it, it was just good time spent with the family, laughter, campfires, and s’mores.

It was a great reminder that we aren’t built to be online and connected 24/7 no matter what is going on in the world. We are built to foster relationships with others, spend time outdoors and breathe fresh air. During a time like this when we are challenged to stay home and maintain a safe distance from everyone perhaps we should build in time to maintain a safe distance from constant connectivity and all that it entails…

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