I failed miserably at the technology-free day I was going to take on Saturday. I’ve done it before – in previous years I have given up electricity for one day a week during Lent. Before I would go to bed on a Friday night I would flip the main power source and keep it off until a full 24 hours had passed. This year was too cold, and without the electric blower I was afraid that my pipes might freeze… at least that seemed as good of an excuse as any others.
So, when Melinda over at Elements in Time decided to get people to participate in a technology-free day once a week during March – I thought, that was do-able. The rules weren’t very strict, and certainly seemed like a good exercise:
Take one day off from technology each week. I’m not saying don’t drive or cook on the stove or anything so drastic. Just step away from the computer, the tv, the video games, the madness of pretty much all the flickering stuff built since the 50s… Slow down, spend quality time doing things that matter to you. And do this on any day of the week that works for you.
Anyway, I decided on Saturday to do without my tv and computer – and I just couldn’t do it. I’ve decided as I’ve gotten older that I have picked up attention deficit disorder. I tried reading a book on prayer – actually pretty good – and after every two or three chapters I would have to wander around the house or turn on the tv or do a crossword puzzle on the computer. Then I’d go back to reading. For some reason I just couldn’t get my brain to slow down.
So, the question is, why am I having such a difficult time doing without technology right now when I’ve had very little difficulty in the past? Any answers out there?