On Friday, the internet went down for cable subscribers in southern Ontario.
Once I realized it was down, my first thoughts went to “how am I going to get my work done today. What about the calls I have scheduled?”
While I do have the hotspot on my phone, it’s too slow for all except the low bandwidth tasks I do.
So, what to do?
Simple, reschedule my calls and enjoy the day being offline.
I’m actually, off wandering in the woods writing and thinking up ideas. I get a lot of inspiration when I’m out here.
Later, I’m going to go old school and phone a couple people I want to talk to today.
I know there are people out there likely very stressed by being off line. I fully expect to see the posts about the hardship they endured as a result.
Yet, whatever it is that’s going on is out of their control. So, why do we keep pushing?
We could joke about wifi being a basic human need, but the truth is we’ve become so used to living in an online/on demand world that moves fast.
So much so that, we feel violated or inconvenienced when it’s not there for us.
Yet, what if, instead of pushing to work around the problem or getting upset by it, you spent some time offline and relaxing?
Read a book. Cuddle the dog. Go for a walk. Spend time talking family and friends.
Better yet, What if we didn’t need an internet outage to remind us to do these things?
Hint: you don’t. You don’t need to keep pushing against the odds all the time. There will always be more work to do, time for social media, and more,
Take the time to slow down every week, and be sure to make it true for your team as well.
You mind, body, and spirit will thank you.
You’ve got this.