“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” Anne Lamott
Take a moment to recognize how much time you spent looking at your phone today. Laptop? iPad? Yesterday? Last week? Last month? Now consider how many times your heard the birds sing today. Or the wind rustle through the trees yesterday, or how many games you played with your kids or dog or spouse in the last week.
I heard the birds sing this morning as they woke up, but didn’t notice the wind in the trees, or play a lot of games with my son; I devoted the majority of my time to working on this damned website. Hours staring at a screen and telling my son, “not now” got me to thinking; we have a lot to gain in heeding Anne Lamott’s advice.
So tomorrow, we will spend the day at a MayDay celebration. It’s a little cheesy, but our daughter will be playing music with her grandpa, and we’ll work on silly art projects and celebrate the changing of the seasons, even if it is supposed to rain. We will unplug, and reconnect. With ourselves. With one another. With nature.
When you’re ready to do the same, we’ll be here. Remember, there’s no Wifi here at the lodge, and cell service is poor at best. But the canyon has lots of singing birds, and the gentle breezes mingle with the babbling creeks to tell countless truths that the forest keeps. There are trails to explore, animals to spy, and weather to feel. Get lost. I promise you’ll like what you find.