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'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE E-CHRISTMAS
(Published: 2013-12-14)

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Gadgets were recharging, quiet as a mouse; On-line shopping was done, the e-cards complete, I yearned to unplug and dream in my sleep; The ether was quiet, no last minute tweets, With visions of sugarplums; I was at peace. I lay in my bed in a restful lull, My happiness complete, with down time to mull-- When out on the ‘net there arose such a clatter, I logged in online to see what was the matter. Away to my iPad I flew like a flash, Clicked open my browser-- to the Cloud I dashed. The emails had piled up; the posts and chatter, Were all about ‘what’s new,’ ‘what’s next’….did it really matter? Then, what to my wondering eyes should appear? An empty page for my OWN thoughts, ….how cavalier! Did I know what to think? Could I veer from the pack? Or was I so others’ opinion-addicted; there was no going back? Slowly at first, then faster thoughts came, I knew it was time to call them by name; “Now! Tweets, Now! Pokes, Now! Blog Posts and Texts, Un-Link, Unplug, Turn off, Disconnect; Enough of the virtual, I just want ‘to BE,’ I’m in need of some downtime; that I can see.” So I clicked the remote, turned off the TV, Let out a sigh, and found….the real ME. No more “fear of missing out,” at least for today, A big relief…a small price to pay. Then in a twinkling, my eyes filled with tears, I quickly realized it had been years, Since I’d thought very hard ‘bout why I was stressed; Or ‘bout what’s important--not just what’s NEXT. Once I remembered all I’d suppressed, I was newly determined to give virtual a rest. Virtual is fine, but REAL is the DEAL Being ‘in the moment’ became my ideal. Time to re-find nature, breathe fresh air, Time to listen to the quiet, deafening and rare. Time to find someone I care about, look them in the eye-- Show them how much they mean to me, tell them why. Time to curl up in a corner and read a ‘real’ book, Or visit a lonely neighbor that others forsook. Time to live in the present, the Here and Now To better understand, the What and the How, Of being authentic and living a life, Filled with laughter, warmth, and a lot less strife. In the blink of an eye I was ready to abstain. From OD’ing on technology—there’s a lot to gain. I resolved for the New Year to start a new habit, To unplug more, and tell others about it. Why not give it a try and see if you can, Go a day without emails, give texts a ban, You might be surprised, when you log back on, You’ll be at peace, you can’t go wrong. I can hear you exclaim. as you give this a try, Why did I wait so long….why oh why?



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Robyn Waters is president and founder of RW Trend, LLC. She is the author of The Trendmaster’s Guide: Get a Jump on What Your Customer Wants Next, and The Hummer and the Mini: Navigating the Contradictions of the New Trend Landscape. Learn more about Robyn at www.rwtrend.com. All Rights Reserved.


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