Do you remember the time when there was no internet? No cellphones, no smartphones, no computers, no emails – just perhaps a landline, but no answering machine!
Television, yes, but no broad casting 24/7 and only a few channels to chose from.
Do you remember when the shops were closed on Sundays?
That was peace!
To me, holidays and Christmas in particular, means peace and time to reconnect with the people I love. But it seems to have become increasingly more difficult to actually create that space of complete peace. Don’t you think?
Stories of people falling down stairs while texting, someone falling off a bridge, a lady into a fountain, someone fell down onto the train tracks at the station! All were they “Wexting” – walking while texting.
In London they are padding the lampposts because people walk into them while texting….
People in restaurants busy on their phones and not in contact with the people they are with.
All this 24//7 online connection is making us crazy, more and more stressed and disconnected. We are missing out on precious present moments.
So how do we create a space of peace, or at least more of it?
How about something as wonderful as an “Unplugged Holiday” ? Just a few days…… unplugged, undisturbed – connected to the real world?
Join me on my “unplugged holiday”
This is what I plan to do:
- I will turn off my iPhone over Christmas
- unplug my computer
- No checking email, no blogging, no twitter, no Facebook, no Pinterest
I will attempt to convince my teenagers to do the same, I know it will be a hard one, but perhaps as a role model I will inspire them further down the road.
After all THE most important gift we can ever give one another – is time, time to truly be, present with life and with each other.
“Our relationship lives in the space between us – it doesn’t live in me or in you or even in the dialogue between the two of us. It lives in the space we live together and that space is sacred”
Check this great idea out from the Clinton family: