We’re born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It’s been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much – if at all.” —Steve Jobs
Sharing a meal together as a family is valuable for so many reasons, I rank among them the opportunity to join hands and give thanks for that meal–engaging in a family practice of gratitude and modeling the choice to focus on what we have, rather than what we want.
Dinner isn’t just about the food — it’s a time to learn what’s going on with one another as well as making that personal connection. And while the idea of a family dinner may seem like a relic from a 1950s sitcom, research shows that it’s still very common.
Learning to power-down technology is an important life skill with numerous benefits. It is becoming a lost art in our ever-connected world. But the wisest of us take time to learn the discipline. And live fuller lives because of it.
However, that being said, it is becoming increasingly obvious that our world is developing an unhealthy attachment to our technology.
But we need to be reminded again and again.
It’s not just kids who are overdoing screen time. Parents and Grandparents are often just as guilty of spending too much time checking smartphones and email — and the consequences for their children can be troubling.
There is an old lesson that often reverberates through my head; one that says that when you are old and your kids are grown and out of the house, you aren’t going to remember how clean the bathroom was or that all the dishes were always washed and put away. You are going to remember the times you pushed that busy-work aside and instead danced and got silly together with your kids or sat and cuddled reading a book.
In today’s ever-plugged in society, I think that lesson is most important to focus on. We need to stop, look, and listen…we all can benefit from at least one Zen moment in a day!
What are your thoughts about unplugging? Join the dialogue and let us know your tips and suggestions for unpulugging.
As Always…I am the newly unplugged Boomer Explorer.