I went about this past weekend, being sure to remain present in the moment and enjoy the little time that I would have visiting my freshman son at college. While being present doesn’t sound challenging, for me, it is nearly impossible.
I made a conscious effort to stay ‘unplugged,’ at least during the time my son and I were together. For me, this meant not checking my personal OR work email accounts, not answering my phone unless it was a call from one of my children (who remained at home) or a repeat ’emergency’ call from my one of my siblings, as well as not checking any of my social media accounts. Interestingly, I realized early into the challenge that I had to add not checking to see if I had any ‘comments’ to my Slice of Life.
I am embarrassed to admit that I caught myself countless times, going in for the push of the ‘home’ button, tapping the app, and making the scroll. I had no idea how natural this has become . . . This realization is quite disturbing to me!
Being unplugged was quite a challenge for me and I am proud to say that not only did I do it, but it felt GREAT! For 42 hours I was present for my son and I was present for me.
Who knows what next weekend will bring!