This past weekend I engaged in an experiment called technological silence. My weekend of silence was awesome, to say the least. I had a great time with my family in Sister Bay, WI; I had the chance to appreciate the outdoors, my family, and silence.
My immediate family and I only stayed for two nights, and my extended family stayed through this week, so on the first morning my father, uncle, brothers, mother, and I decided to go to the beach. I decided to take in the fresh air by running to the beach - it was roughly a 4 mile jog. Once we arrived we jumped in the water right away. The sun was so hot, and the cool Lake Michigan water was amazingly refreshing! In the late afternoon my mother drove our family back to the rental home. I took a shower, and had time to sit and talk with her about decisions, thoughts, and much more; I also took that time (before dinner) to journal and catch up on my own thoughts in privacy.
This past weekend was a great opportunity for me to reconnect with my immediate family, extended family, and my own thoughts. Without the distraction of my cell phone, e-mail, or text messages, I was able to relax and forget about my other life in the city. Luckily, I will have the opportunity to do this again at my favorite state park campground, Mauthe Lake, just minutes from my hometown of Campbellsport.
Food for thought: “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes.” –Eleanor Roosevelt