A faulty phone battery and lack of time to replace it made for an amazing few weeks.
A Deeper Connection to Myself
For the first time in years I felt that my needs were more important than all the other obligations and expectations weighing on me. I enjoyed my time, the company I was keeping and my surroundings. I experienced this because I had to leave my phone off for most of the day to preserve my battery.
I started to reconnect with things that I truly enjoy but pushed aside for work. Not even 3 months into 2019 I’ve already done more hikes than I did in all of 2018. I’ve been out paddle boarding a few times, gone snorkeling and am now actively seeking opportunities to be out in nature when I’m traveling versus spending time in restaurants and in my hotel room grinding away on emails.
My new favorite phone feature is airplane mode. I’ve been shutting down several hours a day or more, even though I finally replaced my phone. Its one of the best things I’ve consistently done for myself. As I write this, and give it a bit of thought, its also one of the best thing I could do for others in my life. I wish I understood this even earlier today.
I Can Survive Without Tech…for a bit.
Technology has amazing benefits and I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. But I’ve learned I can go a couple days and the sun will still rise, people can wait an extra day for me to respond and I’m learning to be a bit more patient when others don’t respond to me.
Most of our every day tech can be turned on with a press of a button. The sage in all of us would be wise to learn when to best use it.