For years we’ve had the internet router turned on all day, every day in our home. It was there, ready to escort us into the internet whenever we wanted to go online. It seemed like the normal thing to do.
But over time, I’ve been realizing the internet can be a distracting place and quite a time suck. So I’ve been looking for ways to cut back spending time on the internet, and I got to thinking that perhaps having the router on all the time wasn’t very helpful.
I thought about turning off the router whenever anybody in the house wasn’t using the internet, just like you would turn off the lights in a room when you leave the room. It would certainly save energy. But I actually felt a little uncomfortable at the thought of disconnecting from the web even when I wasn’t online. I felt like I might miss something. It was the potential of somethingness. Noticing that was a real eye opener. I realized I didn’t want to have something this out of sorts in my life anymore.
That’s when I knew I had to bring this up with my family. They agreed and since then we’ve been shutting off the router when we don’t need it.
I’m sharing this story because I think it’s a good example of when it’s clear something doesn’t serve a person, and it’s still hard to let it go. A real letting go can happen by taking an intimate and honest look.