While Sandy has wrecked havoc these past couple of weeks with people's homes, businesses and lives, it has also created an opportunity to reconnect with what is truly important.
Relationships between people seem to have shifted during this time. The power outages prevented phone, computer and cell phone access. My family initially became unglued from becoming unplugged! I did not realize how attached to the computer and cell phones we had become.
It is true that I did not particularly enjoy the effects of Sandy, such as:
- a cold house
- cooking on my gas stove by lantern
- no computer
- no cell phone
- no TV
- reading by flashlight
- and not being able to communicate even with a land line.
By the 3rd day, I found being unplugged had some benefits to family life. We had longer intervals of better interpersonal communication. We lingered over dinner and talked. My kids, before Sandy, would have been 'bored' by the idea of playing board games like Monopoly, Scrabble or even Brain Quest! We laughed and had lots of fun.
Now I am not suggesting that we were not relieved when after 8 days of power loss, that our power returned. I would not be able to sit here and write my blog as easily.
But it does give 'power' to the thought of examining our family time. Perhaps one evening or weekend day of 'unplugging' is a consideration that could bring families closer to each other. Truly relaxing and enjoying each other's company without interruption from emails, texting, tweeting, and blogging.
But habits die hard. I am hopeful that my family will not need another Force of Nature for us to become close again, as in the pre-techy age. Perhaps 'turning off' the power will help us better 'tune in' to each other in a very real way. Eye to eye conversation leading to heart to heart communication can be a very real outcome for many families.
We had the wherewithal to face Sandy!
Do we now have the courage to 'power off the electronics' in order to 'power up with love?!'
Let me know what you think? I look forward to hearing from you.
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