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What Did You Learn from Disconnecting?

If you participated in our 24-hour Father’s day “disconnect to reconnect,” I’d love to hear about your experience.  Is there anything you learned, or anything you experienced worth sharing?  I’ll start – here’s something I was reminded of:

How to listen to the world around me. Kathleen and I were in Milwaukee for a couple of days before Father’s Day, working with a terrific client, Time of Grace Ministries.  On Father’s Day, we stopped at Lake Geneva, while driving back to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.  Eating breakfast at Lake Geneva, I intentionally left my iPhone in the car.  The first thing I noticed?  The people around me. I heard the laughter of children at the next table, and a newlywed couple excited about the boating trip they were getting ready to take.

When I would normally be focused on my iPhone checking emails while waiting for breakfast to be delivered, I had a wonderful conversation with my wife, and became acutely aware of the sounds and the people around me.  People say that “life happens,” but I think far too often, we’re immersed in our mobile device, and just let it pass by.  Especially as a writer, I had neglected how important is is to be “in the moment” – intensely aware of the world around me.

Was disconnecting worth it?  Absolutely for me.  I have a deadline for my next book, so I think I’m disconnecting more often.  So if you call, email, or text me over the next few months, don’t be surprised if I don’t respond for awhile…

What did you learn?  Anybody get the shakes?

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