I’m returning to the ranks of a traditional scheduled existence after a blissful spell of vacation with my sweet family. We traveled to Hawaii to see my Dad, who is recovering (beautifully I might add) from a prize-fight with sinus cancer. It was a time of re-connecting, seeing places from my childhood, and learning that I did not have to be engaged in 5 different conversations online at once, in addition to trying to carry on a coherent communication with my company at the time. It took me days to decompress from the self-imposed anxiety and stress that I carry around like a big Hefty bag.
So here is what I did: I deliberately left my iPad, iPhone lap top at home in Oregon. This was HARD. My name is Amanda and I am addicted to information and electronic engagement. Granted, it’s part of my job, but your mind gets wired for a certain amount of stimuli, and I starved it out.
It was actually really refreshing and fabulous: I think I was a better wife, daughter and mom during my vacation because of this decision. I actually focused on the fun, laughs and moments at hand, and I was startled and a bit grossed t that I had become seemingly numb to matters right in front of me up to that point. My mind wanders, so I had to corral it back in. I am now more aware of my behavior and will take measures in this brand new year to be more aware of my actions.
Are you i-Dicted to your devices? Are your kids? Let’s remember that irreplaceable human touch as we move forward into this amazing New Year.