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Care to go Nowhere? I do.

In 2006, I had a brief article published about globalization and technology and their impact on life balance. I began the article reflecting on a vacation I had just taken in Arizona where I was able to unplug for 7 days. Although I acknowledged that it was already becoming a struggle to experience a stretch of time without technology, it was still acceptable and natural to take a vacation.

Today, only 9 years later, we’re hard-pressed to believe that it’s professionally acceptable to unplug for 7 consecutive days, unless we’re visiting some remote island without internet access! Last week I overheard this exchange between two colleagues: ”I had a pretty good vacation. I only had to work for a few hours for a couple of days.” His colleague’s response? “That’s not too bad.”

Seriously, what’s wrong with this picture?

I recently listened to a TED Talk presentation recommended by a friend of mine on “The Art of Stillness”. The presenter, Pico Iyer, global author and travel writer, shares his experience with what he sees as a worthy travel goal….Going nowhere.

His words had a significant impact on me, because of my own struggle with unplugging more often in my day-to-day life. I also found his ideas interesting as they relate to what I hear and observe so frequently from professionals who are consistently overwhelmed with mega-communications and the volume of awaiting demands whether it be day or night. It’s exhausting.

Let me acknowledge that it seems this is a conundrum more for people over 25 years old. I’m generalizing I realize, but research tells us that Millennials see digital communications as an integrated part of their human experience and the world. That seems much easier than experiencing a constant struggle between technology and living our lives.

Either way, it seems to me a visit to Nowhere could be a healthy trip for anyone, at any age.

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2 Comments»

  Tim Sullivan wrote @

It has not yet happened, but I have thought of taking one whole summer day to sit in the back yard with no expectation. That is “part 1”; I confess there is a “part 2”, and part 2 would be to observe and to listen to whatever is happening in that space, although again “without expectation”. Those quotation marks are necessary because I do know that in the process of observing without a goal, something will occur, some thing or process will take place. I will see the light change, animals will wander about, and other, presently unknown tiny events, will move around the stage. The difficulty, of course, will be that of choosing the day.

(Thanks for your article.)

  donnarawadyblog wrote @

What a great idea, Tim. Love the realistic, yet hopeful perspective. Thanks for your comments.


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