Most days we pay more attention to the thought of what we are going to wear, then we spend actually being present in our lives. Yes, wardrobe choices can be hard, but bloody hell, how hard is it to look a person in the eyes when you are talking to them?
Increasingly, I notice the lack of real human contact in our 'revolutionised digital lives', which prompted me to take a break from my usual 'social-media form of procrastination', and I realised something that has changed my life...
I have so much more time on my hands when my mobile device is out of my hands...
Okay, so not profound, but I was astonished to find that it was in fact ridiculously true. On the first real day that I decided to take a digital vacation, I was focused, productive, and didn't mindlessly wonder about what people were doing. I set myself the intention that I would only check email twice that day, and I took any distracting Apps off of my phone. Time seemed to fill a void I never knew existed, like a black hole had opened in the universe, it stretched infinitely before me.
Many of my constituents argued with me, stating that it was the only way to keep in touch with people, but I hate to point out the obvious - a phone should be used only for it's primary function - to make a phone call, and hear a real voice at the end of the line!!!
Okay, so I may be starting to sound like your grandpa, but I implore you to try it for a day, or better yet, a week. Set an intention that you are on vacation, and the only thing that matters is how you will spend all of your free time. Show up in your life, and make the most of it.
After a valuable weekend of time currency spent on eye to eye connection with an amazing group of people, many of us are left with a wealth of long term friendships. I am forever grateful to have been a part of it, and I look forward to more exchanges which are not "FaceBook me", but - "here is my phone number, call me sometime, and we'll go out for coffee".