A Technology Fast: Here’s what to do when the lights go out

We’ve had an unexpected early snowstorm here in the Northeast and we’ve been without power since Saturday night.  It’s always an adventure to be thrust back to where so many of the amenities we use every day – water, heat, electricity, refrigeration, bathrooms, television, computers, etc., are unavailable for an indefinite amount of time.  We live in a rural area and it’s not uncommon for us to lose power after a bad storm – sometimes for a few days.

When the power goes out, the removal of everyday activities – television, cooking, email, or surfing the web, allow the simpler pleasures of life to become magnified – staring at the beautiful, white-covered hills outside my bedroom window, listening to the rhythmic sound of melting snow on the metal roof in our sunroom, or watching the funny way our cat Poupon chases the falling snow, racing from window to window, convinced he can catch it before it hits the ground.

While the inability to make a cup of tea, cook a meal, or take a hot shower can feel frustrating at first, after a while, it starts to feel pretty okay. It’s reminds me of the relaxing and pleasurable things we used to do before technology moved into our home.  And it got me thinking…

Maybe we all need a technology fast once in a while.  Think about it.  For a day, an afternoon, an evening, or maybe even a weekend, we could shut off the computers, unplug the TV, silence the cellphones, and look at our lives with new, undistracted eyes.  Would you be willing to give it a go?

I’d feel free to use the toilets and shower, though.  Let’s not get too crazy .

Take Action Challenge

Consider scheduling a technology fast for you and your family (ok, maybe just you ). When you do, sit through the inevitable discomfort you’ll feel in the beginning and allow yourself to get to the peace and relaxation on the other side.

This week’s video is from the Second Act series at Yahoo.com. They do a wonderful job of profiling people who are transforming themselves later in life. You can find it here. Thanks, Anna!





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Cheryl Richardson is the author of The New York Times bestselling books, Take Time for Your Life, Life Makeovers, Stand Up for Your Life, The Unmistakable Touch of Grace and her new book The Art of Extreme Self Care. She was the first president of the International Coach Federation and holds one of their first Master Certified Coach credentials.

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