Unplugged and Present

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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!

 

 

Published by georgiaaustin1

Wife, Mother, Dog Lover, Elementary Assistant Principal excited to write

5 thoughts on “Unplugged and Present

  1. Oh yes! Living in the face to face world over the digital world is a challenge for me to. I love embracing it when given the opportunity though 🙂

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  2. I don’t think I could have done that. Great job. I find myself checking emails all hours of the day/night. Parents get responses within minutes when they email me. I know it is not good to go to sleep after watching tv or using a phone/computer but I do it anyways!!

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  3. I have been unplugged from 9 pm to 6 am every day during Lent and it has been enlightening to me. I have read two books. I have gone to bed much earlier and truly slept much better as well! It is really nice to break away from it!

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