I’m Going Off Line
Remember the power of taking the phone off the hook?
Short of someone coming to the door (which happened back then), you had the power to isolate yourself. You could nap. You could let your babies nap. The rest of the outside world might just wonder who you were on the line with for so long, but they were still...outside.
Whether it's because of all the communication technology at our disposal, or just our frantic need to stay informed, we have lost the art of disconnecting. We are lousy at drawing boundaries. And as a result, we are some frazzled folk.
Here's the latest scoop...
Remember when I thought it wouldn't be likely that I'd have any work as a facilitator over the next two months? Well...all that pathetic pity party was misplaced, because I picked up four weeks of substituting that will take me across the lower part of Florida (hello Bill Dorman) and eventually to Atlanta (watch for me Laura DeMars!)
I just got back from the first week of travel. It was fun. I love meeting new people and helping them understand things. I like to travel. I especially love coming home.
So what did I learn?
It's all intense. Going from dealership to dealership with Mimi's Magnificent Mazda Material (which is actually stored in this huge black hard-sided clam case that looks like I'm a super spy) is hard work.
Finding ways to make time for all that has to be addressed for work and family is challenging. I know how to use all the technology at my disposal to stay connected, but I still haven't learned how to add hours to my day.
And what does that mean?
I'm unplugging. I'll still answer emails and I may check in on Yelp now and then so my family can trace my whereabouts, but after four years and nine days of blogging, I'm declaring a hiatus.
Three things I will miss most.
My old friends.
The sense of connection to my family, friends and acquaintances who've stuck with me all four years. I am honored that they look forward to seeing my name in their in boxes. They may not connect to any other social media, but they come here to hang with me! I'll be back before you know it, and until then, I'll think of you when I see the moon!
My new friends.
I enjoy popping in and out of the few blogs I follow regularly. I like feeling connected to people coast to coast who I've never met, and I've loved meeting a few (Gini and Ken) in person. I am especially grateful for the friendship with folks who I might not even immediately recognize in an airport (Huge hugs to Elizabeth, Rick, Jack & Kaarina! And note...if you click on Kaarina's name you'll see a great post that may help you identify signs that you, too, need to take yourself off the technology hook!).
The therapy of expression.
That's why I'll be back. I need this blog more than you do! But for the next two months, when those random thoughts pop into my head...as well as the occasional well ordered ones...that make me think "I'll blog about that!" I'll simply add it to a list and see if I still want to share it when I come back to you. That process will likely make this a much improved blog come April when I return!
What's getting unplugged?
Virtually everything but email and occasional passes through Facebook. I spend a lot of time online reading other blogs, following news trails, learning things that don't necessarily add anything to the beauty or wisdom of my life, and connecting with people who I don't know and who aren't present.
Kaarina was right. It makes my bum numb and it makes my head ache. When I do add things back in, like blogging and Twitter, I might find that I am more disciplined in the amount of time I actually spend on it.
I will be back. I will think of you all often and surround you with prayers in place of words that appear on your screen or your phone. And if you need me, email or call! I'll pick up the line, I promise!
In the meantime, I'll spend spare moments over the next two months caring for myself and for my family. And from that, I'm quite certain...more goodness will grow.