A Pause

When was the last time you unplugged from all social media?

I recently took a trip to a women’s conference and told my social media community I was unplugged for the weekend. I tried really hard to stay off Facebook and Twitter.

After the conference, I met my husband for a week in Maui. We are blessed to travel there often, so the need to run around seeing and doing is not quite as high; however, I had traveled over to the conference with a virus, and it made a come back for our romantic (not) week in Maui. I was a sniffling, coughing mess.

I had started a private, 30-day challenge meditation group on Facebook, two weeks prior to the trip. So, I was in a Zen-like space. Even though I was sick each day, I was able to mediate on the beach in the sunshine and take a pause. I posted a few sunsets and lurked a little on Twitter and Facebook. I detached.

Each day, I would wake thinking I will be better today. Each day I was sicker and by the end of the trip, I was only eating-in, as to not offend others on vacation with my chronic hacking.

While I watched others on Facebook and Twitter, busily posting their daily happy, fun memories of travel, I simply let go. That was hard for me to do. I have created a habit of sharing with the world and my social media community, my each and every move.

My revelations:  I realized how much time I waste sharing with complete strangers on social media my awesome fun adventures, while missing out on unplugged time with loved ones.  Too busy worrying about the perfect reactionary post for my fans… missing what is right in front of me. I realized I really like talking and just being with my husband.  I realized my social media community will not go away in one week. I realized my company will be okay without me for one week. I realized my obsessive photo posting and chatter does, in fact, annoy my husband.

The last morning I was mediating on our lanai, a mom and baby whale came into my focus. They were in our bay all week. As I sat still watching Mom on her side waving her fin and baby jumping all around her, my heart sang. I was moved to tears, filled with grace of that exact moment. I would not trade being sick on my vacation for being healthy. It was a great lesson to help me pause.  I hope you get to enjoy a pause in your day, week, or month.

My little companion that travels with me.
My little companion that travels with me.

Photo: My Verizon Jetpack (sitting on driftwood) that Provides fast 4G LTE access and travels with me everywhere I go!  This little fella is always traveling with me to keep me connected with my peeps (when and if I want to be connected)!

**I received a complimentary device and data service from Verizon Wireless. No additional compensation was received, and there is no promise of a positive review. All opinions are my own.