What amazed me (and pleased me) was once we arrived at the Pierre Marquette Lodge, the devices were put away and the kids played! They swam and hiked, played chess and board games, had a big game of football and kickball, and wondered about things they saw in nature! It was totally awesome! I was so glad we had left the house and taken the opportunity to be "unplugged". I was also amazed at how some of the younger kids, age 9 and below, did not know how to play certain board games. Two girls sat down to play checkers and did not know the rules. This made me sad, because I realized how I haven't taken the time to play those types of games with my kiddos. (Not even electronically). This made me realize how our connectivity has almost become an invasive species in our lives. We need to disconnect, power down, and reconnect with the personal side of things.
"Technology can be a wonderful boon to humankind, but sometimes we abuse it in ways that prevent us from really participating in life. For example, I have a BlackBerry phone. My original thinking was that this would free me from my computer and allow me to stay connected. Yes, it does allow me to stay connected electronically, but it also makes me disconnected from what I should really be doing—being present."
I encourage you to reflect on your "connectedness." Are you are embracing, discovering, playing, and enjoying the present? You have control over your devices. I challenge you to "Power Down" and embrace the present!