I traveled to the Poconos for four days to go camping for the 24th year with my “camping buddies.” It was so great to spend time with good friends. We ate. We fished. We relaxed.
I left my phone in the car. I didn’t check email. I didn’t check Facebook. I didn’t check Snapchat or any other social media platform. This is what I needed to do.
I needed to unplug. I needed to disconnect from the rest of the world. I needed to let go of the tendency to check my phone every time I had a quiet moment.
Instead, I used the time to read. I read most of Essentialism by Greg McKeown. I used the time to reflect. I used the time to pray. And I used the time to rest.
I survived. Four days away from my phone (except to call home once a day) didn’t kill me. In fact, I came home charged up. I came home refreshed. And I came home with a renewed resolve not to let the pressures of trying to keep up with everyone get to me.