Pre-Thanksgiving greetings to everyone. The holidays are truly a time to connect with family and friends, and I hope you are looking forward to spending the day with the special people in your life. It’s so wonderful to honor tradition and create lasting memories as we take a moment to pause and reflect on the things we are most grateful for. More often than not, it tends to be the simple things that we cherish most.
Is it just me, or is the pace of life getting faster and more relentlessly driving?!?! It’s just easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of life, and high tech is a double-edged sword that makes life easier and makes us more productive while making things, well, more complicated! Have you ever noticed that you may want to “just take a minute to check emails”…Only to look up and discover you’ve fallen into a black hole of time, and an hour (or more) has gone by. Or perhaps you or someone you know and love is totally addicted to their iPhone or Blackberry, their head constantly bowed down as they text and tweet.
It’s time for the madness to stop—at least for a little while. And personally, I can’t think of a better time than Thanksgiving to unplug and get low tech and cozy up person to person.
I was happy to learn I’m not the only one who feels this way! There is actually a new campaign movement called “Offlining, Inc.” which encourages people to spend more quality time with family, friends, and colleagues by making NO-DEVICE days. The initiative was created by the dynamic marketing and “lifestyle intervention” duo of Eric Yaverbaum of Ericho Communications and Mark DiMassimo of DIGO–the digital Agency for a Social World.
Since Offlining’s Father’s Day 2010 website and campaign launch, tens of thousands of people have signed up to show their support for Offlining and pledged to spend quality time with people who matter most. In addition, 11,000 have taken the Offlining pledge to have 10 device-free dinners between Father’s Day and Thanksgiving 2010. Why not join them? But do it NOW while you are still plugged in—Thanksgiving is less than two days away!
Take care, and be well,