Can you unplug yourself?

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 All men’s mis­eries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
~Blaise Pascal

Look around and tell me what you see. Chances are you see people.…people plugged into some sort of tech­nology. And that includes your­self since you’re reading this on a com­puter, tablet or phone.

We’re a plugged in society. The sad fact is we’re never alone. And, the thought of being alone with our­selves scares the bejeezes out of some of us.

Texting, Talking, Pinteresting, Facebooking, Tweeting, Instagramming, Blogging, YouTubing.….there’s never a moment when we don’t have the option of con­necting with someone. Even if it’s people we hardly know.

We are bom­barded with external mes­sages every day. So much so that when it’s com­pletely quiet, we’re oddly uncom­fort­able. When was the last time you sat qui­etly in a room and didn’t look at your phone or computer.…or sent a text.…or checked your email…or played Words With Friends… or posted a status?

It’s almost impossible.

When our lives revolve around tech­nology, the world comes at us at break­neck speed. It over­whelms us. And the more time we spend *com­mu­ni­cating,* the less time we have for quality time with our­selves. When every­thing is public, there’s less time for the pri­vate that allows us a chance to refuel and refresh. The ins­es­sant mes­sages of our cul­ture invade our minds and we become nothing more than mouth­pieces for what­ever is con­sid­ered pop­ular opinion based on the latest online thread, reality show, movie or video game.

The sad truth is the machines that have enriched our lives so much have failed in teaching us how to make the best deci­sions on how to use them.

Don’t be afraid to go off the grid from time to time. Read a com­pelling book. Listen to a piece of beau­tiful music. Go for a walk in nature. Have an (OMG!) actual face-to-face con­ver­sa­tion with someone about a rel­e­vant issue. Spend some quiet time to get reac­quainted with the real you and your God.

Sometimes the mes­sages we need most don’t come in the form of words.

You should clothe your­selves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so pre­cious to God. ~1 Peter 3:4

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25 Comments

  1. Oh, I do unplug when I’m caught up. Problem is, this month in par­tic­ular, I’m any­thing but.

  2. I enjoy unplug­ging. For short periods to sit and stare into space. When I choose to. Not because I must. It’s all gotta be my choice.

  3. It’s dif­fi­cult to unplug some­times, but oh what a relief when I do!

  4. Great post, Lisa.
    I actu­ally choose to unplug, quite simply because I do like to be alone some­times. It’s sort of a recharging thing. I wonder…is it nar­cis­sistic to like one’s own company??? :-)

    Happy day to you, my friend!

  5. I do try to have some quiet time with no noise each day. Lovely photo.

  6. Great, great post Lisa! No iPhone for me, but am on desktop often. I’m happy to have other hob­bies though, and I enjoy being alone for sev­eral hours, with quiet­ness. Love your quote and spring flower today! Have a won­derful week!

  7. We are never alone… but that’s a good thing if we keep Him with us each and every day.

    I so agree about tech­nology. It’s a nec­es­sary evil these days, but I try not to spend too much time at it. Have a won­derful day, Lisa! xo

  8. Ah unplug­ging who knew it could be so dif­fi­cult. I try every day to unplug for a while to take stock.

  9. man i am so right there with you about unplug­ging from time to time. if i start feeling a little over­whelmed or start the com­par­ison game, the first thing i do is step away from social media. really great post. thanks for stop­ping by to visit my blog today. xo

  10. A beau­tiful flower, exquisite com­po­si­tion! Pure del­i­cacy! Floors have more dif­fi­culty in a room with people alone! I usu­ally spend much time with myself, too!

  11. First, I LOVE the photo and quote, Lisa! Stunning photograph!

    Second, FAB post! And it’s ironic you posted this today because I’ve been thinking about this very topic lately.

    Have an (OMG!) actual face-to-face con­ver­sa­tion with someone about a rel­e­vant issue.”

    OMG is right! And when you do have a face-to-face con­ver­sa­tion, people are always holding and looking at their cell phone; checking for messages.

    This is why I don’t have a cell phone and will hold off on get­ting one for as long as I can because I don’t want it with me all the time and become addicted like so many people are. I mean it’s bad enough I spend as much time on my com­puter. However, I do time myself and detach from it at cer­tain times of the day and either go for a walk or spend time within nature and just be quiet.

    Wonderful reminder, my friend! Thanks for posting this!

  12. Hi Lisa, That is an exquisite photo. Daisies are one of my favorite flowers. That is a great quote. You have said it so well…We’re a plugged in society.

    There have been days when I don’t turn on my laptop or look at my phone. If I am not using them, I might have the tele­vi­sion on. I rarely just sit qui­etly by myself, alone with my thoughts. I fall asleep to noise, so that I don’t think. Thinking keeps me awake.

    I never take any­thing elec­tronic with me when I walk my dogs. On nice after­noons, I could be out­side and unplugged for 45 min­utes. I am alone in the quiet when I write poetry. But, even then, I some­times go to my laptop for information.

    Great post :)

  13. It is sad to see how some folks are missing all the beauty as they bury their heads in a mobile device.

    I have held out in becoming addicted to such.

    I do feel for the sons/daughters at sporting events and they make a great play on the field. I’ll notice them looking to catch the eye of mom or dad and sadly, mom or dad is the one who just missed the action due to an impor­tant Facebook com­ment or Tweet.

  14. Fabulous post, Lisa! And the two quotes are just divine!

    I see people are plug­ging in even at 6:30 AM when dri­ving their chil­dren to school, I make a point to unplug from every­thing when­ever I could use a break.

  15. I admit I do have a very tough time sit­ting still — I fall asleep the minute I stop doing!

  16. I am so impressed with Ron not having a cell phone. Wow! He’s prob­ably one of the last hold-outs. I resisted for quite a while too. I mean, can we even remember not run­ning about, moving about, trav­eling without one? We used to do it. I love the sub­ject of this post — it IS so essen­tial for our souls and our peace to do so. Isn’t it? And thank you for the beau­tiful scrip­ture from 1Peter. Perfect.

  17. I love your post! Yesterday i had lunch with two others and none of us pulled out a cell phone or iPad — we sat and talked (laughed) for a couple of hours and it was so relaxing, recharging.

  18. I’ve always been a loner and enjoyed my quiet time even as a child. So true what you say about being unplugged. I’m not sure how we sur­vived pre cell phones and tech­nology, but we did. Although, I admit, I’ve been on com­puter since the early days before win­dows, and was very inquis­i­tive about it, and I do like technology

  19. This is a great reminder. I also like how you used a beau­tiful photo of a daisy for this post. It reminds me of a post I wrote a week or so ago about living a simple life and I used photos I took of daisies.

    I’m a bit of an intro­vert and just need to unplug at times. I enjoy the silence and being alone.

    Visiting from Life Through the Lens link-up.

  20. My iMac and books are my way of dealing with what comes.

  21. the quiet comes so seldom that I just love to sit in it and do nothing.

  22. Good, Good post! Just this week I had to take a 45 minute detox bath and pulled up a chair with my laptop to watch a long tuto­rial. The bat­tery run down when I had 10 min­utes to go and my first thought was how can I sit here for 10 min­utes? I’ll go crazy, but I didn’t. I miss those still times. I love the quiet but have to be doing some­thing all the time it seems. I’ll be paying more atten­tion to some still­ness, I know I can ‘think’ up some good things if I just stop.

  23. Lisa… you and I are kin­dred spirits! This line, “The ins­es­sant mes­sages of our cul­ture invade our minds and we become nothing more than mouth­pieces for what­ever is con­sid­ered pop­ular opinion based on the latest online thread, reality show, movie or video game.” Oh my yes!!!! I’m so glad you linked this par­tic­ular post up, so glad!.

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