For the past year or so I've been trying to stay away from communications technology (phone, cell phone, email, Facebook) for at least a few hours each Sunday with variable success. I generally manage to spend at least a few hours walking the beach, working in the yard, or just taking a siesta untethered from modern communications, but I rarely make it through a full day.
I know that I am not alone in my addiction to my Iphone, or in my quest for some unconnected time, but I didn't realize it was a national movement until several of the blogs I follow had posts about a National Day of Unplugging being promoted by a very cool online movement called The Sabbath Manifesto. Essentially they are encouraging everyone to "Put down the cell phone, stop the status updates on Facebook, shut down Twitter, sign out of e-mail and relax" for 24 hours starting at sundown tonight.
My plans for tomorrow will make it difficult for me to participate, so I intend to defer my participation by 24 hours and give it a go on Sunday. Who knows, maybe this will kick-start me into a weekly day of unplugging...and maybe some of you will join me.
In that spirit I offer two quotes to inspire all of us -
The first, from Annie Dillard via the Blisstree blog -
“Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”
Sometimes it is remarkably productive to NOT "be productive."
Here's to an unproductive weekend for all!