Offline is the New Luxury!
It's May and it's beautiful and I encourage you to take time out of each day to be fully present. We live in a stressful world full of loss, distractions and responsibilities and we're overwhelmed and charged with anxiety.
We are dysregulated and addicted to our screens and it's affecting our health. Emails, text messages, social media, world news, and people's opinions are coming at us at light speed and our brains are not equipped to process such an overload of sensory input.
That's hard for me to say while typing (yet) another post to send out into the world, but I think it's important to connect in this space every once in a while; to reach out to my people and check in and let them know I care for them and to share information I think worth sharing.
I just had dinner with my daughter and there was a guy; presumably a dad with two children whom I assume to be his own. They were young and both focused on their screens while the dad spoke to someone on the phone. He cursed a lot and was loud and not paying attention to the children and a few times they tried to get his attention and he shushed them.
I'm seeing this more and more and it has to stop. We are addicted to our devices and they are compromising our health and our relationships. If we are not intentional with our time and not engaged and mindful of those around us, we become more and more disconnected from the things that matter most.
We have to be more conscious about our time because our future generation is watching (closely). Take time to be present with someone today. Make eye contact. Be mindful. Smile. Be real and intentional with your time. Engage in more meaningful ways and do something that does not involve a screen. Capture the moment with your heart instead. Offline IS the new luxury.
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A wise woman once said, "fuck this shit" and she lived happily ever after.