Today’s User Input reminded me of a conversation I had last week with a couple coworkers. One of them, we’ll call him Mr. Pink, is notorious for being a workaholic. He’s even schedule vacations so he can combine them with work trips, much to his wife’s chagrin. Next week, however, he is going to a remote cabin in “northern” Ontario where he will not have cell signal. In fact, he said the last time he will have cell signal is in Sault Ste. Marie. He’s not sure how he will handle it.
A few weekends ago while camping in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula there were many times when we were without cell signal. I found it liberating. I was disconnected from the outside world. I was disconnected from responsibilities and all the things in our always-connected world that distract us from the now. I could look out the windshield and enjoy the moment without distraction. Frankly, I loved it. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy those quiet moments in the loo trying to beat the next level of Candy Crush Saga, but I need to make a point of just turning off the phone from time to time. Just to remind myself there is a whole world out there, and not just in my little black box.
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