Every day we are so consumed by technology. Our phones, our computers, the T.V., even at the gym you can’t escape the T.V.’s, and even our watches (hello Apple watch!). I don’t know about you, but sometimes I forget to be present. I get so wrapped up in my phone I forget to look up and enjoy the world or my daughter for that matter.
Last week my daughter and I headed out to Eastern Oregon to a small town called Joseph. We went with my mom to meet up with my sister and her family. I had never been to Eastern Oregon and it is truly Beautiful over there! It’s calm, it’s quiet, and it’s not busy. And not too many people either! I had to tell myself to chill out a few times because I started to try to hustle everything up. But really, I didn’t. We didn’t HAVE to go anywhere. We didn’t HAVE to be somewhere. And we sure as heck didn’t have to leave early because of traffic. Instead we played outside in the woods, got to see some deer, wandered a small town and all of it’s cute little shops. My favorite was playing at the lake and skipping stones with my daughter and my family. It was so easy, so relaxing and everybody, for the most part, was calm. The view was gorgeous and the weather was perfect.
At the end of my trip it got me to thinking, why can’t it be like this every day? Why do we have to stress about being everywhere at once, stress about our day to day life and hustle, hustle, hustle. I know it was a mini vacation, but why not stress less and enjoy more? We could easily drive to a pond, or lake or the ocean and throw stones or sticks and enjoy the quiet. Ha, well, as quiet as it can be with a toddler around. But, you know what I mean!
So, Digital Detox. Find a location that’s remote, that’s quiet, that’s not busy. Put your phone, computer, or tv away and enjoy the scenery, enjoy your kids, enjoy where you are. Even if it’s just for the day. My own personal goal is to make this happen at least once a month. Get out of town and be present. Maybe even meditate a little!
What is your favorite way to detox from the digital life or day-to-day?