2 Keys To Survival In The Technology Age

Our family enjoys “our day of rest”, to unwind from our hectic and chaotic week. Does yours? We are so lucky to have technology in our lives, but sometimes it is also nice to turn them off and to focus on our family. We live in a 21st century world. We have instant access to information, pictures and how-to’s on the internet and our smart phones. It is all at our finger tips. Constantly at our fingertips. Or is it?

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Technology is so wonderful in many ways and uses. For example:

  • A soldier stationed in Iraq is able to see his newborn child who was just minutes ago was born in Chicago.
  • Grandma, who lives 2,000 miles away is able to Skype, to talk and see her grandchild to discuss how the tooth fairy will visit because she lost her first tooth.
  • Technology is a great resource for education. Our children’s school uses technology to partner with education. It is great way to learn geography skills through meeting a “Mystery Skyper”. The students can see and talk to the “Mystery Skyper”, then ask questions to discover where the guest lives.
  • Students can contact experts to quote as sources for a research project.
  • We can purchase items from all over the global world.

Our modern world is so focused on instant gratification, I feel lucky to take a vacation once a week from all the hustle and bustle. Our tradition requires us to observe Shabbat, a day of rest: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shabbat.

Step 1 to survival is a “26 hour day” away from the modern world and we focus on rest and quality family time. During the period of rest, we do not:

  • Work
  • Drive
  • Do laundry
  • Use the phone
  • Write
  • Utilize anything electronic or that uses electricity
  • Cook/Clean
  • Perform any type of physical work
  • And many, many other things

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During Shabbat, our family “unplugs” from the world of 2013. We do not use our phones, we do not watch television. This helps us to recharge our batteries.

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In our tradition, this time begins with a family meal. It is customary to begin with lighting Shabbat candles, we say blessings and eat Jewish comfort foods. A traditional Shabbat meal would serve Challah, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challah (a special braided bread), chicken soup, many varieties of salad, chicken, vegetable kugel, and a dessert.

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Comfort foods seem to go hand in hand with family time in my world. Comforts foods bring back memories through smells, tasting and experiences. While eating challah, I can relive eating it every Friday night of my life. My daughters recall braiding the challah at summer camp.

We focus on spending time together. We attend religious services, we play board games, we read books, we take a nature walk, we swim in a pool and we take naps. We take this opportunity to create family memories.

This time spent “unplugged” helps us to be able to live in this fast paced society. In other words, we live in the moment.

Step 2 to survival is the close of the weekly Shabbat. We attend a Havdalah service. Havdalah means “separate”, so we are separating Shabbat from the rest of the week. Once again, Havdalah is celebrated through our senses. We recite the blessings, taste the wine, we smell the spices, we listen to songs, we light a three wicked candle. It is a fun and lively way to start the work week.

We are so lucky to have such a modernized world. However, it is nice and sometimes required to unplug from the modern bustle world and to focus on what is important. I feel that spending quality relaxing time with my family is the answer.

For another perspective, please visit http://inkwellscholars.org/7-ways-to-unplug-from-technology-increase-creativity/

Naida Gould – Owner

Gould Design, Inc.