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Importance of Unplugging for Possibility Perspective

I’m heading to Toronto this week to attend the Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) conference. I’m looking forward to traveling, learning, seeing colleagues and meeting new ones. Mostly, though, I’m excited about the possibilities and new ideas that traveling inspires.

For this week’s post, I offer you a single idea to enjoy and ponder. A quote I collected a while ago was relevant to this month’s possibility thinking theme. For you . . .


“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”

                                                     - Anne Lamott 


What becomes possible when you unplug? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation.





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Reader Comments (18)

I was reading an article recently about the ability to have a conversation - person to person. The point the article made was that when we're all plugged in and exchange information via text or email we loose the personal connection and the give and take involved in a conversation. I make it a point to be unplugged when I'm with my friends or at an event so that I can be truly present.

October 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

@Diane- Thank you for sharing about the importance of face to face, "distraction-free" communication. It's a gift that goes both ways. How lovely that your personal boundary is to give that gift when you're with friends.

October 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love that quote from Anne Lamott. Disengaging from our regular routine often yields a rich harvest. Wishing you a wonderful time in Canada, and can't wait to hear what you come back with.

October 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

Unplugging things helps. It helps to save energy like appliances. It helps to reboot the system in a computer. It helps to clear the mind in stressful times or in situations that overwhelm. So I see your point, giving a chance to unplug is a way to restart us, otherwise energy draining and clouded thoughts will take over.

October 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

@Seana- Agreed. Anne's quote is a treasure….and so true. The interesting thing is that sometimes all it takes is a few minutes to disengage from our tech, our thoughts, our stress and we're good to go with clearer, kinder thoughts. Thank you for your good travel wishes. Looking forward to seeing you in person next month.

@Nacho- I like the appliance tie-in. I hadn't thought of that aspect that unplugging also saves energy for things AND people. Love that idea!

October 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Linda, as you know I am heading to the same conference in a few days. It will be my first time away from my family, and although it is a daunting prospect, for many reasons, I am looking forward to unplugging from my daily life and being inspired and energized by the incredible Organizers I will be meeting and learning with, and from. Positive energy to bring back to my personal and professional life.

October 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

Linda....OMGosh! Thank you for this validating post! As you know it comes at a most critical point in my personal and business life. I hadn't thought about my current status as being 'unplugged' but in reality this is very accurate. It occurred as a natural reaction, as if knowing that doing so would eventually yield a new clarity and direction. I have much to think about over the next few months, and this post made me smile because it offered me a 'concrete connection' to what I had already internalized, but never thought about. Thank you for the validation, and stay tuned for what develops from my own 'unplugging' exercise. :-)

October 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSheila Delson, CPO-CD

@Jill- I can't wait to meet you in person…finally! I didn't realize that this is your first time away from your family. I remember vividly my early experiences with that…and the energy and perspective that I received from allowing myself to step away. Now it's a regular part of my life; an essential one. I can't wait to hear more about your experience.

@Sheila- I'm so glad that you found comfort and validation from this conversation. I know that you have a lot going on right now. It's wonderful that you've figured out what you need to navigate this challenging time….and that "unplugging" is part of that. I'm grateful though that you plugged in long enough to join us here. Big hugs, my friend!

October 20, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I'm unplugging all next week for a week long RV trip around Colorado with my hubby and son! I look forward to refreshing my soul and rejuvenating my spirit! All I will have is my phone and my notepad!

October 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAutumn Leopold

@Autumn- How exciting! I'm so happy for you. I've taken a few memorable RV and road trips, which I loved and think about often. I can only imagine how amazing a time you'll have bonding with your husband and son while seeing a beautiful part of the country. Enjoy your unplugged adventure!

October 20, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Linda, the timing of your post could not have happened at a more opportune time. I'm on a two-week vacation outside of the country, visiting family, and I've been feeling conflicted about not being able to "plug in" as often as usual while wanting at the same time to completely unplug for these two weeks to fully immerse myself in the moment. What's there to be conflicted about? I'm on vacation! I think I'll follow Autumn's example!

October 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia Rodriguez

How timely! Hubby and I are unplugging soon on a Disney cruise with our boys. We're both looking forward to 'going off the grid' for a while. I'm unplugging from a house reno, clients, cooking for a 5 yr old with food allergies and daily mommy duties, Great quote--I'll have to put it on my bulletin board!

October 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStacey Agin Murray

So great to hear from you both! Wishing you wonderful unplugged vacations and time with your family.

@Patricia- Glad to help with your conflicted feelings. You're not alone in the pull between wanting to stay connected and allowing yourself to be unplugged. I'm thinking that if we practiced unplugging on a daily basis (even if for a few minutes) that when it came time for the "big one," aka vacation, we'd be more accepting and ready…like building our unplugging muscles.

@Stacey- A Disney cruise…so fun! Say hi to Minnie and Mickey for me. But mostly, enjoy your time being unplugged and taking a break from the many demands of your regular pattern. We all need time off the grid to reconnect with ourselves and our loved ones.

Happy travels!

October 21, 2015 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Such a powerful reminder that we do NOT have to be connected 24-7, in these days of wi-fi even at cottages - I heard they're installing cell towers in Algonquin Park (Northern Ontario)!

October 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

So simple and so true!

October 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Janet- Disconnecting from our tech for even a short while so that we can be fully present for self and others is an essential. So great seeing you in person today...and hearing you present about blogging. Fantastic!!!

@Ellen- Sometimes simple works. :)

October 23, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

It was great seeing you too, Linda, and I'm glad you enjoyed the presentation, even hearing it for the second time! :)

October 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Always learn from you, Janet! And so great to see you. Hope your travels home were easy and uneventful.

October 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

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