It was a normal Monday afternoon: I was preparing a snack for my boy, while he was watching his favorite series “Masha and the Bear”, when the Internet suddenly stopped. Well, that wasn’t such a big deal, it happens all the time (we have terrible connection), so I turned off the Wi-Fi and switched to the 3G Internet on my phone. But surprise surprise! No internet there as well! Now I started to get angry. My son eats only while watching this movie and without it each meal is a disaster. So, yes, I was really irritated! I was sick of our terrible connection, I blamed the company, I blamed the country, I blamed our landlord, I pretty much blamed everything I could think of that is connected to Internet:)
A couple of hours later (still without Internet), my husband called from work and told us that there has been some major problem and practically the whole country is without Internet connection. Well, at least now I knew that the problem wasn’t in my phone or laptop:) It turned out there had been a fire that affected the major internet provider. The problem was fixed later in the evening and we were back online.
However, spending a few hours without Internet turned out to be a quite fruitful experience. I never imagined how much pressure the Internet puts on us. During those hours, I didn’t feel the need to check my e-mail, Facebook, Instagram or any of the other social media. I actually felt calm and comfortable knowing that I’m given those few hours of peculiar rest. Which came as a surprise! What I really expected was to freak out, but on the contrary – it was a blessing to disconnect for awhile. It felt quiet and divine. I focused on spending some quality undisturbed time with my son and prepared something tasty for him for dinner. He even managed to eat it without his movie on:)
What I expected to be a disastrous experience turned out to be an unexpected gift of tranquility. That has me thinking that maybe we do need to disconnect every now and then in order to refresh ourselves and grant our undivided attention to other things we enjoy.
I’ve never truly realized how subconsciously obsessed we’ve become by staying connected all the time. And I can’t remember since when I hadn’t been able to focus on something without looking at my phone every five minutes. It was such a blessing to disconnect for awhile! A whole new mode of freedom I hadn’t recognized until now. Well, I always turn off my Internet before I go to bed, but that’s different.
I’m actually thinking about adding those precious hours without Internet to my weekly schedule. Something like Monday Afternoon to Disconnect.
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