I was an English teacher. I enjoy few things more than a spirited debate over language. So I know we could go round and round about the difference between disorganized and unorganized, disinterested and uninterested. I had just such a discussion this week with a friend who disconnected. It was winter break, a time designed for celebration, relaxation, and rejuvenation. He had decided to carve out some time away from other people and away from technology. It was a smart decision. Disconnect! But do not be unconnected!
While seemingly having the same definition, there is a difference between disconnecting, intentionally or unintentionally separating, and being unconnected.
Choosing to disconnect is an action taken to temporarily step away from the craziness of life. It allows you to think. It allows you to get out of the minutia and focus on the big picture. It is when people dream and imagine and invent. Likely some of your greatest thoughts happen when you are disconnected. If you do not take time away, you are likely not doing your best work or being the best version of yourself. Disconnect!
See a movie on a random afternoon. Have breakfast with a friend and leave your phone in the car. Take a walk. Allow yourself time and space.
But do not be unconnected. It is our connection to other people, to nature, to the world that makes us human. It is connection that makes us wiser, and stronger, and better. Even while we are disconnecting, we can be connected.
My father may take issue with this blog. He is the first person who taught me the importance of being precise with language. He taught me the difference between affect and effect, obtuse and abstruse. He will most definitely reach out if he disagrees with my definitions. And that connection has made me better.