Re-Examining Our Relationship With Our Things

I started it on Sunday night and ended it on Tuesday morning. I put "Gone Fishing" messages on my email. I turned off notifications. And for 36 hours, I didn't open my computer.

I've never done this. It's not because I'm so busy and so important that I have so many things I need to do.

It's because I am good and hooked on zipping around on my laptop - checking this, clicking that, tapping over here and there.

It's an incredible tool. I go to it for all kinds of stuff. Sometimes I go to it to avoid all kinds of stuff.

But as has been said, it's a good servant, bad master. And no question, the dynamic had crept from me using my computer to me blatantly needing it.

So, in an effort to change the dynamic and place the power back in my hands, I gave myself a day and a half, two sunrises and one sunset, of computer-less time.

And boy, did I crave my email, my ability to read this article and share that one, that great, productive sound of typing.

But I also felt empowered. Empowered and untethered. I had these brief points - at a coffee shop, walking in the noontime sun, eating spring rolls - where I was in a fuller, wider state of presence. My whole mind seemed to be available for what was happening. And I felt more spacious.

The 36 hours is up. I am back with my computer. But I've got some questions I plan to ask myself every so often, as it relates to my computer, phone, any of the material things I own: Where is the power? Where do I want the power to be?

Or, perhaps another litmus test: Could I go without this for two sunrises and one sunset?

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