Well, I succeeded!
Here it is 11:37pm on Monday evening and I received a nudge from my right hand, Penny, as to where's Wednesday's newsletter paragraph? Having just come back from vacation, I stated in one of my previous newsletters that I was going to be off the grid when around our family. I used my phone to capture the memories to share with family and friends.
Just so happened during the time away, my husband asked me to check my calendar to see if we could do something or another in a week or two.
I stated quite simply, "Sorry, left it at the office."
"You WHAT!", he said in disbelief.
"Yup, didn't bring it, have no idea what my schedule is, I am off "scheduling time."
He actually could not believe I left everything at home. Me, Miss Organized. Lol I have to tell you, I didn't miss it as much as I thought I would. When I'm on vacation I don't necessarily want to be FOUND. I want to relish the moment of doing nothing, hearing nothing or doing all.
There's an evolution of sorts taking place, the PERCEIVED need to stay connected ... at all costs. I'm not buying it; it's not for me. The need to be present, attentive and just BE in the surroundings...to chill out, energizes me more than a call from Oprah (sorry Oprah, but true).
Upon returning, I no longer fear the hundreds of emails which flood the inbox with a press of a button (985 to be exact). I have overcome the need to respond or read to everything. If I did, I would still be reading and responding and my work would never get done. OK, ramp up the stress meter...been there, done that, learned from it. I choose not to have my away time controlled by technology.
So, what had I lost from being disconnected?
I'd say it's more like, "What did I gain!"