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?