Getting off the “leash” of Technology and Life

When I see or hear the word leash, I think of an animal that is being controlled or kept in check like a dog.  How often have you seen signs that instruct us to keep our pets leashed?  I see them often.

Most of us are on the “leash” of technology and life.  You know the drill, you have your phone, your tablet or your PC and you rarely, if every get untethered from any of them.

There is a value of solitude.  Let me share a few examples for you to to ponder today.

Todd Henry posted in The Value of Solitude about how being creative can really be enhanced by this type of solitude.  In this post he shares the following:

 Solitude is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it. – Thomas Merton

Here are a few other examples of how people have used solitude to be creative.  All come from the book “Uncommon Friends:  Life with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Alexis Carrel and Charles Lindbergh”

  • Henry Ford and Thomas Edison had winter homes in Ft. Myers, FL that were adjacent to one another.  Edison had a long dock on the river behind their homes and Ford would go to this dock and fish for hours on end.  One unique trait to Mr. Ford’s fishing; there was no bait on his hook.  By taking this approach, no one would bother him and he would not be bothered by the fish.  He used this time to think and clear his mind.

  • Alexis Carrel was a Nobel Prize winning surgeon who devised methods to suture arteries and veins together at the beginning of the 20th century.  He and his wife had a remote home off the British Isles that had limited access and virtually no interference from the outside world.  It was only accessible by vehicle or on foot at low tide.  They would spend weeks at a time here to get away from the hustle and bustle of their lives then and just spend time with friends and one another to clear their minds and think.

You don’t have to be famous to use this strategy.  Each of us needs to find that place, take that time, to unleash ourselves from the clutter of our daily lives.  We need to disengage from the buzz and distraction of the “Tyranny of the Urgent” and spend time doing what is important.  Just as important, we sometimes do most when we do least.

Give your mind and body time to recover.  Take the time to let your mind wander.