Right now you are plugged into something.
We all are.
Plugged in to phones, iPods, laptops, computers.
Plugged in to binge watching Netflix or Shomi or Apple TV.
Plugged in to emails, text messages and Facebook videos.
If you are reading this, you are plugged in.
We all know that unplugging is good for us, yet we keep resisting it. On some level we probably all suffer from FOMO syndrome – the fear of missing out on something if we aren’t connected.
Ironically it was a repeated message from my computer that got me thinking differently about the idea of plugging in.
Every so often, after a long session on my laptop, a little box would pop up with a very direct command:
Plug in or find another power source
Plugging in is of course a necessary requirement of staying plugged in to all our technology. But it wasn’t actually the plugging in part that caught my attention.
It was the second part that made me sit up and take notice.
Find another power source.
That’s the key.
You see most of us spend more than 10 hours a day connected to an electronic device but it doesn’t really recharge us. We think it keeps us connected, or informed or entertained. And maybe it does for a bit.
But in the end it actually drains us. Since we are often plugged in when we are in the bedroom, we don’t get enough sleep. We trade human to human contact for relationships filtered through electronic devices. We capture our experiences for Instagram and Pinterest instead of being fully present as they are unfolding.
What if we thought about plugging in as a way to connect to the things that actually do recharge us?
Things that energize us.
Things that restore our physical, emotional and spiritual power.
Being plugged in to technology is not bad. I’m not suggesting that we all become Luddites. We just have to make time for plugging in to other things as well.
Pause for a minute and think about what power source would work for you. You already know. You just think that you are too busy to actually do it.
There’s an old saying about being left to our own devices, which means we’re free to do whatever we want without restrictions. It doesn’t mean isolating ourselves so we can spend more time on any particular device.
Feel free to connect to your personal power source. In fact, one way to plug in is to actually unplug for a bit. A little less plugged in time creates a little more time for plugging in.
Read a book
Go for a walk
Paint, draw, colour
Have a bath
Take a nap
There are endless ways to recharge. Find your power source and plug in.
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What’s your power source?