Mine is our family trips to the beach, walking on the beach, finding beautiful shells, and doing things as a family. It’s been a long time since I put my toes in the sand, but I still remember the sights, the sounds and the smells.
I used to love the 4th of July too, when we would cook out, then light sparklers, and settle in to watch the local fireworks that we could see from our back yard.
I treasure those memories. We spent time together, focused on the people and the activities around us. And none of these favorite memories involves a cell phone or a website!
These days it seems we get so caught up in work and worries and connectedness that we forget to enjoy simple things anymore. At least I do. When was the last time you just unplugged?
I have to admit the thought of going even half a day without checking my email, texts or social media makes me start to hyperventilate.
But I know because I have that reaction, it’s even more important to disconnect at least a bit.
We shouldn’t be more focused on the phone in our hand or the comments people are making online than the people around us and the simple pleasures we can get from a walk in the park with a friend or sitting on the porch watching the lightning bugs come out at night.
In what ways can you unplug this summer?