Presently Disconnected is a great description of our current cultural dilemma. Presently Disconnected essentially means, “I’m here with you but value those who are miles away much more.” We have all observed restaurant tables when entire families are sitting “miles apart”. We don’t need to unplug our immediate generation from liking, tweeting and texting but we do need to identify our own personal insatiable desire to be relevant. This is a good start to reconnecting.
Here are 5 Perspectives from Go Net Yourself as I am personally learning to be present and connect deeper at work, home and with relationships.
- Creative Moments: Last weekend I was sitting in front of my IPAD and my son came downstairs and started shooting hoops right in front of me, (check out the video above to see what happened, as we connected well). Dude Perfects or Harlem Shakes are demonstrations of how creativity creates deeper connection.
- Questions: Do I really need to take this phone with me to lunch appointments? I’m starting to leave my phone in the car when I go home at night – it really can wait, so those around me don’t think the phone is more important than they are. Great questions are to reveal deep motives and illusions which are often false. Add provocative questions to the blog- what has worked for you?
- Email: I think there needs to be a “how to” class on how to manage life around email. Examples: when deleting lots of email, delete by name, when angry “send to self” and wait 24 hours. Turnoff email alerts to stay focused. Add your tips in the blog.
- Family: What would happen if you led the way in your home with no screen time for a week? Do a Family Biggest Screen-Loser Challenge and discover together what you find out as a family.
- Pendulum: Now that you know what your elementary school’s friends grandmothers are having for breakfast, don’t you think it is time pull back a little. Complete connectedness only results in total disconnectedness. Every strength is a double edged sword; therefore swinging back the momentum of connectivity would be impossible, but pulling back to a healthier state might be very powerful.
I know a Dude who only had 12 friends and he seemed to make quite an impact upon our world. I’m just saying……