Are you spending time away from unresponsive technology?
Or are you stuck on Facebook looking at statuses, commenting on friends posts, tweeting out your business updates and talking in 140 word snatches to people you call friends but have never met? It’s pretty easy to do all of that for many hours each day. I know, I do it a lot. Online, I’m like the kid who can’t go to sleep because he’s afraid he might miss something.
Friday we had a golf outing for the Chamber and I was very involved, making sure registrations were being taken, shooting pictures of all the teams, giving out awards, eating a meal and listening to the music and encouraging others to do the same. Normally l leave when my job is done and I was preparing to do that. The car had been loaded and the keys were in my hand. I walked back into the clubhouse to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. There was table of 5 people still upstairs and one of the guys said “Deb, you want a drink?”
I sat down and said yes. I spent the next hour just shooting the shit and getting to know these five people. We talked about Obamacare, Ireland, how to fix the tax problems, and families. We laughed, hooted, hollered and generally had a good time.
It was not a meeting on my calendar. It was not an opportunity to conduct business. It was just a group of people who I didn’t know very well inviting me to have a drink and share some stories.
It was nice.
At one point I took out my phone to check my email and then realized what I was doing. I put my phone away and made a conscious decision to just enjoy this moment in time.
Thank you Russ and friends for bringing me back into the moment and helping me to realize I need to do more of this.
I agree- feels good to be disconnected once in a while!
It helps to shake off the anxieties of being online all the time, doesn’t it?