This past Saturday I lost my Internet services for the entire day. I typically come into my office for a few hours on Saturday mornings to catch up on things and this past Saturday was no exception.
Unbeknownst to me, I would be without the Internet all day and my cable television service was also down. Luckily, I had planned on organizing some of my tax information for the year, so I was able to accomplish some tax related organization on this somewhat snowy Saturday. Later that afternoon I poured a cup of coffee and I read an old newspaper that I had lying around. When I was younger I remember always reading the newspaper, it was a part of my day. My kids never read the newspaper. As I sat there drinking my coffee and flipping through the pages I found myself nostalgic for the old days.
A few minutes later my youngest son came in and we had a long and important conversation about things that relate to him. Unfortunately, because we have become so connected to devices as a society we sometimes forget how to be bored. My experience has been that boredom leads to conversations and an examination of one’s thoughts and ideas and I believe we need more of that every day.
As I think back on Saturday, I believe it was the most productive unproductive day I’ve had in a long time. I hope to have many more of them.