We’re all guilty of it - jumping on Twitter while we wait for in the line at the grocery store, checking Facebook while we’re walking from destination to destination, or quickly scanning our email outside of work hours just to see if we left loose ends. We’ve become so dependent on technology, relying on it to tell us the time, our location, and the closest restaurant that serves the best sushi.
But what can we gain when we put down our electronics?
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A Sense of Peace
We like having a full calendar. Meetings and events give us a sense of purpose and satisfaction, knowing that we are not simply “wasting time” but using it for some larger meaning. Find time to silence your phone and put it away and you might be surprised by what you find - a calm mind, time for other hobbies, and the chance to really check in with yourself. When we put ourselves first, we flourish.
We tend to believe that our electronics help us to deepen our relationships because it allows us to communicate with our friends, family, and loved ones 24/7. Through text, Facetime, or call, we’re able to transcend boundaries like time and distance. But, take a minute to ask yourself: was that text really worth it? Sometimes, we reach out to others to share important news. Other times, we reach out simply to fill our own time. Unless you’re using your electronics to set times to meet, put it down. Wait to share news and updates on your life until you see these individuals in person. It makes your conversations more meaningful and personal. Then, you won’t run out of talking points.
Not only will minimizing electronic interaction help us develop deeper relationships with those around us, but it can also help us gain a better understanding of our own emotional state. Traveling can be trying both physically and mentally. It’s important to be aware of how you are coping with these vast and sudden changes. When you put the computer away and have time for yourself, you’re better suited to survey your own emotional processes and develop meaning out of your journey.