As we are quickly nearing the weekend, I came across this Denver Post article that made me think about my plans for the next several days. David Brown writes about his family occasionally unplugging for the weekend. It is hard for many people to do – limiting their use of cell phones, not turning on the computer, avoid sitting in front of the television. Brown reveals the fun the family had playing games, laughing, telling stories – essentially spending time together.
We luck out living in Florissant; we have limited access to cell coverage and the outdoors are easily accessible. But even here, technology creeps in and takes hold. Just one more check of email, send a quick text, okay, maybe one more email. When looking at a screen, time disappears much too quickly.
Snow hit Colorado today. Some places more than others. I was just watching the news and saw a story about people enjoying sledding on their snow day. You could see the grass coming through the snow, but that didn’t stop these happy sledders from having some fun. This article has impeccable timing. The snow, or sun (depending on your location), or just a normal weekend is a perfect excuse to unplug for a day, or a couple of hours, and enjoy time with friends and family.
I recognize the irony of writing this blog post and suggesting you read an article about unplugging. It is easy want to stay plugged-in when the temperature drops and snow starts falling. On the other hand, isn’t it more rewarding to unplug and reconnect with people instead? For me, I need these small reminders to turn off the computer, phone, television and enjoy what we have around us, even for just a little while.