Last night, at a dinner party, we were all remembering Super-Storm Sandy. We were comparing notes on the damage to our neighborhoods, and how long we were without power. (For my husband and me, it was 2 weeks.)
However, even with all the bad, I was remembering a few good things. For one: Being grateful. Even without electricity for 2 weeks, I realized how blessed we are in our day-to-day lives to have such comforts as light and heat.
I also loved being disconnected from the internet. To be shut down, quiet, and focused on life—the way it was years ago, before the world wide web became known to us.
For many reading this, it may seem strange that there was a time before email, text and facebook. A time when we looked up more than down. When we were more engaged in what we were doing, never losing the thread of a conversation or a wonderful moment with friends and family.
We were too busy experiencing life—not taking selfies and uploading them to social media. All our time was focused on living and doing, not recording and waiting for thumbs-up approval!
I wouldn’t welcome another super storm, but I now welcome shutting down all devices for 10-12 hours a day.
I welcome having fun with my friends and family, and being present and grateful in my life.
So, try disconnecting from the virtual world for a while, and reconnecting with the physical one.
See–and feel–what you’re missing.
Copyright 2015 Michelle Kerrigan