“The more in harmony with yourself you are, the more joyful you are and the more faithful you are. Faith is not to disconnect you from reality-it connects you to reality.” -Paulo Coelho
Society, families, education, and people in general are plagued by phones, tablets, devices and social media. And yes I used the word plagued because sometimes the reality of technology being at the forefront can feel like an epidemic.
I will never discount the positives that technology has given us throughout history but unfortunately as we all have seen, it has been abused. In addition, we have been affected by the negatives of technology but somehow we can’t seem to disconnect ourselves sometimes.
The question I keep asking myself is: why is it so hard for us to disconnect?
When we think of the word disconnect, it’s viewed as something negative.
Webster’s dictionary states that disconnect is: to sever the connection of or between; to terminate a connection; to become detached or withdrawn; a lack of or a break in connection, consistency, or agreement.
There are so many definitions but ultimately it means to detach yourself or something.
Disconnecting isn’t something to be ashamed of or even have to apologize for.
People (mainly adults) get so overwhelmed with life, media and social media as well as being bogged down with responsibilities and priorities that sometimes our own brains and bodies run low on battery power. Often we have to unplug and then plug ourselves back in.
We’re so connected to technology, images and what the next best thing is that we often forget the joys and blessings we have in our own life. The positives that came into our lives without technology and media having a part in it.
However, we’re scared or apprehensive to an extent that if we decide to disconnect ourselves from the tech world for a while that we’ll miss out on so much, not realizing that disconnecting will give us a whole new perspective.
In reality we’re already missing out on the events and life’s everyday occurrences that are in front of us.
I was reminded recently of the importance of disconnecting.
The importance of appreciating the events and people in front of me that I can actually connect with. And the reminder didn’t come in the form of a tragedy or a negative interaction with someone but I just decided that it was time for me to put the phone down and connect while disconnecting. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t disconnected completely (it’s a process) but little by little everyday, I’m slowly weeding the “unnecessaries” out of my life.
I decided that the presence of my children, family, friends and most importantly myself was more important than the notifications my phone was spewing on a regular basis.
My connections will strengthen from my disconnections.