On being “unplugged.”
I don’t think my computer has remained off for four days (let alone consecutive days) since it was in its original packaging!
That was my Thanksgiving gift to myself – I shut off my computer Wednesday morning and didn’t “restart” until Sunday night. I’d like to report that being unplugged was glorious and peaceful, that it made me more present and mindful, but in fact there was a kind of nagging and even a slight feeling of guilt that hung over the experience.
In those four days, I prepared and hosted our holiday meal, I ran a road race, I spent time with my family, I read magazines and books (the actual paper kind!), I organized, cleaned and basically did exactly what I might have done (or attempted to do) had I been connected. I made a centerpiece from cuttings from our yard, appreciated the special sparkle and warmth of our holiday table, and breathed in the beauty of the freshly fallen snow. But all weekend long I felt the noticeable discomfort of being unplugged. I couldn’t believe that it actually required willpower to stay away. And as I suppose is always the case, as I was trying to kick the habit, everywhere I looked were people with the very same addiction!
It may take me all week to catch up on email, and I’m late posting the winners of the Black Friday Cookbook Giveaway, but I’m committing myself to unplugging more often and encouraging others to do the same. If we unplug together, will we all be able to take back our time off and rediscover the peacefulness of each moment?
Maybe being unplugged is a practice like meditation. I’m not sure if being unplugged can ever feel like the healing stillness of meditation, but I plan to practice it more and find out. I hope you’ll join me (but not so much that we don’t continue to connect here!).
A final congratulations to the winners of the Black Friday EAT CLEAN LIVE WELL cookbook giveaway!
Thank you all for being so understanding of my unplugged vacation and may we all continue to…
Eat clean and live well!