Get outside & Connect
Our world has become increasingly more plugged in over the years. Everywhere I go I see more and more people lost in their personal bubbles–smartphones, tablets, e-readers, computers, TV’s, cars, homes, offices–and less and less connection. Connection with ourselves, others, nature, and most importantly God.
Even worse is what is happening to our children. Childhood obesity is at an all-time high, and they are spending less and less time outside–while screen time of all varieties is on the rise.
The most distressing thing for me to see is a couple at a restaurant enjoying conversation while their child sits next to them plugged in and completely disconnected. I see this everywhere and it hurts me inside. What happened to the importance of the family meal?
Research has proven over and over again that spending mealtimes together makes a positive difference to the psychological health of the child.
If technology is such an advantage to our lifestyles where did we go wrong? How can we reconnect with what’s most important? The answer for me was simple… Get outside. Period. No smartphones or tablets allowed–sorry. I love them and need them too.
I have decided to make this a 52-week challenge and I want to encourage you to join me–Come on, it will be fun!
The plan is to get outside and connect for at least 20 minutes per day in 2015 no matter what the weather.
Sitting outside for at least 20 minutes under an umbrella, overhang, or porch when it’s pouring rain counts [unless you feel like dancing in the rain and jumping in puddles of course] while sitting in your house watching the rain out the window does not.
Care to join me? You can start in at any time. Begin your 52 weeks were you are.
Let’s do this, shall we? Ready? Let’s go! See you outside!
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