Everybody–computers off! Turn ’em off, if you please.
Refuse to be dictated by the Internet any more. Refuse to let your email run your life. Turn off the switch. Watch the screen go dark. Listen to the eternal hum disappear. Walk away.
Don’t look back.
OK, OK. What I mean to say is this: turn the computer off for a day. For twenty-four glorious hours bask in the non-communicative world. Turn to nature. (Which, of course, you will realize is completely communicative. Simply in a different way.)
I tried. I truly tried. I said to Child #1 and Child #2 and Husband #1, “I am turning off the computer for a full day.”
And it worked.
Barry and I hiked back to the swamp. We drove down the road looking for morel mushrooms one last time.
They did not present themselves. The season is over. Total count: two morel mushrooms.
It was a sad year for morels.
Before that, I spent the day doing all sorts of things. But not even looking at the computer. Instead, I read. Went outside. Meditated. Made a fabulous dinner (yes, yes, of course wild leeks were in it. Parsnip-Wild Leek Pie. Very good.) Cleaned the house a bit. Read some more.
It was a glorious day. I felt strangely free. Did not even think about this blog. Not even a tiny bit. Well, maybe a tiny bit. But not much. It felt soooo good to relax, to think about other things, to play.
I would have made it twenty-four hours. Really, I would. Except then came the flurry of dinner-time and Barry preparing to play in his band tonight and…suddenly…I thought…why not just check email? And why not write a blog about not turning on the computer MOST of the day?
So here we have it.
I truly recommend turning off the computer for a day–or at least part of a day. There is a different energy which surrounds us. Perhaps an energy of deeper peace. We look for different things to do; expand our horizons.
Then, when we turn on the computer again–we’ll feel much more refreshed and ready to re-connect.
Do give it a try! Let me know what you think and feel. When you turn the computer back on, that is.