So this week I've been rather inactive on the blog, partly due to the fact that I've got a lot going on, and partly due to the fact that a big storm knocked out my internet for 2 days..yay. In fact, I'm writing this post from a Starbucks because I've actually got a connection here.

It has really made me think about the dependency we have on technology...even the smallest of daily habits can be totally uprooted by a lack of properly working technology or internet connection. In a sense, it was a good thing to experience something like this because it makes me realize how connected I have become, and that it is good to take a day or so to unplug and disconnect from the constant barrage of technology and connectedness to social media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even blogging will continue on without my appearance and will continue to move forward regardless of whether or not I am constantly checking, updating, and contributing things. Hm. There's an interesting thought.

Going along on this same pattern, it makes me think back to when the mail service was the only way of connecting to those who lived far away from us. Sure they might have had a telegram or a telephone, but none of the rapid email, texting and social media that we have today. People communicated through letters and face-to-face visits; life was slower, less hurried and stressed. Why is it that the more connected we become, the more disconnected we feel? Is it possible that through a "disconnection" we might actually feel "reconnected"? Perhaps I will actually schedule a few of my own interruptions in order to find the peace and solitude that is truly necessary to a happy and stressless life..


Kirsten said...

You may have heard about the giant power outage on the East Coast at the end of June. I was in the midst of it in Western VA. I got behind on blogging, couldn't contact certain people because of spotty service, and boiled at night with not AC, but I saw a community bonding together to get through days without AC, without water, without power, and losing freezers full of food.

It was beautiful being a part of it. Especially when three different denominations of churches came together to be a huge part of supporting our town.

While it was rough, we surviveed, blogging kept going without me, and I made new memories.


Anonymous said...

"Is it possible that through a "disconnection" we might actually feel "reconnected"?"
I believe that by disconnecting from technology we reconnect, or rather, are fully aware & engaging in life matters; the things that matter more; where our presence matters most.

p.s. I loved this post. Reminds me of the times we would be in your room for tea, reflecting on our daily lives.

Ariel said...

I love the thought of being reconnected through disconnection. But so crazy to think about in the technologically driven world. But I agree, that those days where we are cut off from technology are usually some of the best. They are times when we can just be with the people we love and live in the moment that we are in.

Shay said...

I read an article once (and posted about it) that talked about kids basically thinking that their parents cared about technology more than them- so SAD!

Anonymous said...

This is so true Candice, and so important to recognize and appreciate.. Last summer on a family cruise we were without phone/internet connection for 10 days and it was just the biggest blessing to truly re-connect with what and who matters most... Thanks for the reminder!

Amanda English said...

Ahhh the days of snail mail... ;)

Elise said...

Love this post! Such an interesting topic! I took a class that focused on community and we talked all about this topic. I find it interesting that we as a society think that we are becoming more connected through Facebook, which is true but these connections are weak, unlike in person connections which are strong.

Julia D. said...

AMEN. You said it all.

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