As I’ve shared before, I completely unplug on the weekends. OK, perhaps the occasional Netflix show as a resting place at the end of the day, a quit check for texts, or to post my latest activity on Facebook (‘cuz ya know, the world really wants to know what I’m up to - haha) but, beyond that, no work = no need to be on.
So I thought.
Last night, at the end of a hot and muggy day, I went to chillax and watch my new favorite show “Love on the Spectrum” (I love people in love) when Netflix wouldn’t connect. Checked a few other things including my laptop and nothing. No wifi connection. Very calmly (so proud of myself), I unplugged and plugged the cable connections back in several times. Nothing. All the lights are on, though. Hmmmm.
I won’t bore you with my next hour+ of time but, after calling Comcast, the reveal is that my modem is kaput. Complete connection just not being made. Nothing for me to do but wait until the fixer-dude can come out today between 2:00 and 4:00pm. (By the way, I’m giving myself high 5’s and am seriously proud for the no freak-out, gratitude, and pleasantry I had with the Comcast rep. In my olden days, I wouldn’t have been so gracious. Yay me and growth!) I figure out a work-around for the 2 hour on-line training I’m giving this morning (fingers crossed that my phone works as a hotspot).
In the meantime, since I’m my own science experiment, it’s really interesting how many times I reach for my laptop to check this or that; to look up the foods that provide zinc, my desire to watch YouTube conversion van videos, use Dictate to write this blog post instead of typing, and just basic Facebook scrolling and email responding. None of it’s possible without this internet connection… well, at least not without using my precious phone data that I need for my morning training.
Looking at the positive, here’s a few benefits I’m noticing from this little blip:
- I went to bed earlier to read and ended up asleep earlier since reading at night zonks me out.
- More meditation time this morning.
- A sense of leisure and spaciousness… although my Monday morning energy is usually go-go so I did feel twinges of impatience in the background.
- Awareness of how much I really do rely on this piece of technology, not just in big blocks and obvious ways like on-line trainings but the little things like looking up a recipe or seeing what little animal eat my garden tomatoes (argh).
How about for you? What would your day look like without the ‘net? Unplug that modem and find out for yourself (haha. I just so LOTS of eyes bugging out of heads). It’s an interesting experiment to see how patience and creativity rises… or doesn’t.
Sending you Peace, Love, and a technology perfect day,
P.S. And for curious minds, the AM training went without a hitch and Comcast came at 2:31 and was done by 2:45. Righto!!