How I Unplugged And Snapped Back To Reality

 

Lisa's Cheap Therapy

I’ve always known how addicted to social media I am, but when I challenged myself to spend a full twenty four hours “off the grid,” I found out just how much I really was. I went on Facebook (of course), where I get all my “news” updates. While there, I learned that it was National Unplugging Day. There was an online pledge to sign your commitment to staying disconnected, a picture you could upload to announce it with, and even a space where you could write about what you were going to focus more on during that period. The point was to unbury your head from the internet and be more present in your life, more in touch with “reality.”

Somewhere deep inside of me, I thought it was a good idea! However, it took quite a bit of really, internally committing to it. I knew it would be hard and so I kept reading about it, then closing out the website, and then reopening it, and then closing it out, until I finally decided to do it.

Well, halfway at least.

I didn’t actually sign the pledge, or download the picture, or even write down what I was going to focus on that day. Instead, I did what any social media addicted person would do. I announced it on Facebook and Twitter. Sometimes, I like to put my intentions out in a public forum in order for me to be accountable for my actions. So, I did. I committed to twenty four hours and what happened was everything I suspected would happen. I got a lot done, nothing at all done, and it was absolutely perfect.

This was quite an accomplishment--being connected isn’t only about social media. It’s about sitting on your phone texting, it’s about surfing the web, it’s about your ipod, it’s about television, it’s about everything that keeps you from being fully engaged in yourself and life around you.

So, what did I do away from all that? I FINISHED a book that I had been meaning to start for months. I took myself on an early morning walk, something I do often, except now, with my face out of my phone, noticed things I had never seen. I felt the sunshine. I noticed people passing me. I noticed these silly plastic flamingos in a flower bed, hanging from a window, and the sight of it just made me laugh. I sat on the patio at Starbucks and watched overly-excited dogs walk their owners. I noticed the older gentlemen walking down the street humming a little tune. I also noticed that just about every person I saw had his or her face locked into a phone, a computer, or had a pair of headphones in. There was barely any eye contact between a person and another actual person. Barely anyone noticed the beautiful, smog-free day (rare in LA).

I’m not judging, as I have definitely been guilty of this myself, hence this experiment. However, I have to say, how do we expect to become better as a nation, let alone a world, if we don’t even SEE one another? How do we become better human beings if we aren’t in touch with our own thoughts?

I’m not going to say this experiment was easy. It wasn’t. It took everything within me to avoid Facebook and even more to not check my email. Mostly out of habit, though, like if I’m not entertained for more than twenty seconds, I’m immediately scrolling through updates and reading comments. I learned I have a lot more of myself to offer the world when I nurture myself and I’m not trying to just write updates or trying to put something out there to satisfy others . What I learned was that when I shut myself off from the plugged-in world, I was inspired to come back to social media and share what I learned. I had lost that passion and drive a little. Ironically, I have rediscovered it again by stepping back.

So, if you see my updates a little less frequent, just know that I’m outside enjoying the sunshine, finishing another book, writing another blog, and ultimately just enjoying life a little bit more.

So, are you ready for the challenge? Do you find yourself distracted by everything else except what is truly important? Can you forgo something you’re addicted to, for just one day a week? I have committed to doing this once a week. I'll even try to avoid the Internet for the first thirty minutes or hour after waking up. I’d love to hear your commitment! And don’t worry, I won’t make you sign a pledge. ;)

Love,

Shari

*I’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment in the comment section below. That is where the Shari-ng with Shari community really comes alive! Don’t forget to check out my website for more inspiration and love!

Hope the Bunny Is Living "Hoppily" Ever After

Meet Hope - a bunny who was given a second chance. In this heartwarming tale of rags to riches,

Hope the bunny escaped near death and found a new. loving home with Amy in Massachusetts after she was rescued and nursed back to health by Sweet Binks Rabbit Rescue in Foster, Rhode Island.

Keep reading... Show less

How to Make Mouth Watering Macaroni & Cheese - Cook with Peter

This 10-year old chef can make you a superstar in the kitchen!

Cook with Peter on OnlyGood TV features simple recipes kids love to eat and make! In this episode, Chef Peter demonstrates his version of the all time family favorite - Macaroni & Cheese!

Keep reading... Show less

This Man Is On A Mission To Keep His Community Healthy

After Jeff Konchalski transformed his own life by changing his diet, he knew that he had to help others experience the type of turnaround that he did—well, for most, it wouldn't be quite as big of a change.

Keep reading... Show less

Tennis Program Helps Underserved Teens Develop Resilience On and Off the Court

Tennis is a popular and fun pastime, in that it requires mental focus and athletic ability. But due to the cost of equipment and court time, lots of kids never get the chance to try their hand at the sport. Leaders of the Junior Tennis Champion Center (JTCC) recognized this cost challenge, and decided to do something to change it. In 2009, JTCC launched a Community Outreach initiative, with the goal of introducing underserved kids in Prince George's County, MD, and Washington, DC to tennis. And the program has become an indisputable success.

Keep reading... Show less

Black Girl Geek Magic - She's Blazing The Trail For All Like Her

Her family's love of good stories, whether they were comics, anime, video games or even the Harry Potter Books, were all a key part of shaping the "geek" in Jamila Rowser's personality while traveling the world as a military brat with her Air Force mother.

That mix of creativity and imagination that often makes it difficult to fit into new situations was the spark for her popular Girl Gone Geek blog, the root from which all of her other creations have sprouted. "I wanted to write about something I was really passionate about, which was geek culture," Jamila shares. "That one is always going to hold a special place in my heart."

Keep reading... Show less

Better Your Day By Walking Your Dog

Everyone could use a few more smiles in their daily lives…and watching a funny video will often do the trick! OnlyGood TV videos help make your life fun, more manageable, happy and stress free!

"Better Your Day with Joe and Jesse" is an OnlyGood TV Original web series that will help you get through your day with tips and tricks to improve everything in your life! In this premiere episode, Joe and Jesse take you through 3 easy steps to walk your four-legged friend in the most efficient way. January is National Walk Your Dog Month so make sure you try out these tips! Happy walking!

Keep reading... Show less

Never Too Old To Love: Music Video About Lovable Senior Dogs

You may be familiar with the challenges that many senior dogs face. They are often overlooked in shelters, as many people prefer to adopt puppies, and yet as they experience age-related changes like diminished senses and strength, they become more dependent on humans. We consider ourselves so fortunate to have friends who are dedicated to helping provide love to senior dogs in need. It was with some of those friends that we produced this music video for an original song called "Never Too Old to Love."

Keep reading... Show less

This Nurse Cares For Patients And Serenades Their Souls

** In honor of National Caregiver's Day, we celebrate all who look out for us, especially during this time when so many have risked so much for the benefit of others. This story highlights a nurse who shares his special gift to create moments of joy for those he cares for. **

Jared Axen can be heard singing throughout the halls of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia, CA, thus dubbing him "The Singing Nurse." Full-time nurse and part-time musician, Jared has combined both of his talents to become a guiding light for patients and nurses everywhere.

Keep reading... Show less

* PODCASTS *

* OGTV Top Videos *

Watch and Subscribe
It's a Positivity Movement
OnlyGood TV on YouTube

mailbox

Get your Only Good TV Newsletter