Sunday, August 15, 2010

Digital Sabbatical



In addition to supporting people, ideas and places that we care about, this sabbatical is also about thinking about our values and trying to see how best to align our actions to those values going forward.

For the last 3 days we were on a circumstantially-imposed "digital sabbatical". The hotel had no internet access, and the closest internet cafe was 20-30 minutes away. It was fantastic. Over the past few years, the blinking red dot on the blackberry had become an increasing irritation. Sunday morning. Blink. Saturday afternoon. Blink. Blink.

Those who know me will attest that I am not the most connected person on the planet, but taking a disciplined break from the internet and constant stream of information makes sense to me. We'll have plenty of time to experience it first hand during the coming months while we are living in the village of Ankaase. Hopefully, that lifestyle will help us to establish an internet practice that fits our family.

As for the photo - I guess locking a small child outside a screen porch could be a metaphor for restricting internet access, but to be honest, I just liked the photo.

This blog also had some ideas...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great picture, but a better metaphor would have been if Coy was on the other side of the screen...