When was the last time you were outdoors without some type of digital distraction? Do you remember the last commute you walked or trail you hiked without being wired into the latest podcast or posting to Instagram or Snapchat to prove your experiences or accomplishments to your social media friends? We’re so trained to think that if we don’t post a geotagged, timestamped, properly hashtagged, and even appropriately filtered picture of what we’re doing, it didn’t really happen or that no one will ever believe our stories without evidentiary proof, or that we won’t get the street cred’ we deserve for doing cool things with cool people in cool places.
What if by practicing this digital documentation or constant streaming information intake we’re robbing ourselves of truly connected and immersive experiences? What if those earbuds in our ears and that smartphone in between us and the view we feel compelled to share with our friends are standing in the way (literally) of us appreciating all the beauty, serenity, and tiny miracles nature has to offer? We’re doing ourselves a disservice by trading rejuvenating peace and restorative balance for likes and replies.
This idea of reconnecting with nature is what Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year is all about. This year’s color is called Greenery and it’s, according to Pantone’s website, a “zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.” Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, says “Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.” A digital detox is certainly something we can get behind right about now. Pick a day this week to get outside. Take your umbrella, but switch your smartphone off. (Insert gasps here!) Take a minute to look up and around, and be still and listen. The same path you’ve travelled a million times will look and sound different when you’re consciously present. Try it and let us know what happens. We’ll bet you’ll surprise yourself.
Reconnect with nature this week and make those warm fuzzy feelings last longer than a day by bringing a token from that experience into your everyday life. Yes, new shoes can accomplish this goal! In fact, here are 24 ways to remind yourself to unplug every once in awhile.
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