Melinda at Elements in Time often has great ideas. This week she has had yet another one. She's sponsoring a challenge for the month of March, inviting participants to enjoy one technology free day a week. She's not suggesting we live like the Amish but merely step away from our computers and TVs or video games or whatever electronics suck our time for one day out of every week.
One of my Trim the Fat goals was to reduce time wasted online. In the beginning of the month, I enjoyed a virtually technology free weekend. Without the electric din buzzing in the background, I felt more grounded, more connected, more at peace - as cliche as that may sound. I've spent the rest of February, trimming my online time. I used to spend hours on the Internet following link after link to God knows where. Certainly some of my journeys were eye opening and useful. I didn't, however, need to take them everyday.
For the month of March, I will be taking a further step back from the computer. I will still write my posts, read my favorite blogs and follow the occasional link to an undiscovered world. I'll just be doing it one day less a week.
That other day, whether it be a Friday or a Sunday or a whatever day, I'll absorb the silence. I'll plant seeds in my garden. I'll read my book club's new book. I'll play hide n seek for the hundredth time with the kids. I'll bake homemade bread. I'll find a new recipe for dinner. I'll finally make yogurt. I'll listen only to my own thoughts. I'll pull the plug - just for a day.