“Problems are not the problem; coping is the problem.”- Virginia Satir
While I was on the cruise, I gave myself a new life goal. My goal now is to unplug more frequently, and become more unplugged. I realized that I allow myself to be too connected to work. As a teacher, I want to be able to support my students and their families, but I am only one man. I believe in being accessible, but I realize that boundaries are more important than ever. I have to set myself up to make sure I am not on the job 24/7. I realized while on vacation during spring break that it is not my job to be on call everyday like customer service for a cell provider. I am only required to work during the hours of 8:40 – 4:40. Everything else that I do is extra. When I plan lessons at home during the evenings and weekends, I am doing that on my own time, not during the school year. Next school year, I will not have any school related applications on my cell phone any more. I do not see the need to be connected to work at that level. I will set aside times during the day in order to check for texts and messages that are work related. I didn’t want to do it right away, I figured this would be a good change for next year.
Last summer, we went camping near Bryson City, North Carolina. It’s a small town located inside the North Carolina mountains. On our last day there, my family decided they wanted to just rest at the campground, so I decided to take a walk down the road to check out some of the sights there. The views from the side of the road were amazing. These photos capture some of what I saw during that walk.
3 replies to “Take a Walk and Get Unplugged”
I think you’ll find, more and more people are going to start joining those of use who’ve put limits on it and said “Enough.” It’s an unhealthy level of addiction to be attached to phones and tech the way our society is.
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I agree, the older I get the more I desire to disconnect
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I’m unplugged at South Mountains State Park, one of your recommendations to visit (OK, I’m at the visitor center dealing with some online things). Took a short hike today, the mountain laurel are blooming and the river was flowing and I was in bliss taking photos and watching butterflies flit by.