A 24-Hour Challenge

In 2008, shortly after we moved from Los Angeles to Denver with our two-year old son, I adopted a weekly ritual in honor of the Jewish sabbath: to shut down my computer for twenty-four hours. This was before the era of smartphones and before I was pouring my energy into my online business daily, but even back then it was a weekly challenge to rip myself from the seductive distraction of the computer and literally shut it down. Now, with my increasing business demands and feeling chained to a second computer (my phone), it’s even more challenging to divest myself of the opportunity to check, scroll, write, text, and search but, with the exception of a few Saturdays a year when I start a new round of a course, I shut down from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. And, without fail, every time I shut down I feel … Click here to continue reading...

Written by Hand, Published at Dusk

Tonight, like every Friday night, I disconnect from the electronic world. I notice the momentary resistance, then I bookmark, quit out, shut down, and unplug for the next twenty-four hours. Just as I reset my computer, so I reset the direction of my focus from outward to inward. With the simple act of unplugging, I slow down and align my rhythm with nature’s pace who, despite our miraculous inventions in technology, moves at exactly the same speed that she’s moved since her birth.

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