This isn’t about blacking out from tech.
Or tech addiction.
This emerged at Eagle Island with the eight beautiful souls that joined me.
This is about laughing until your stomach hurts.
This is about life-altering conversations around a bonfire.
This is about watching the sunrise on a front porch swing.
And the sunset.
And appreciating the beauty all around you.
It’s about sitting in silence and hearing the sounds surrounding you.
The birds. The wind. The creak of a rocking chair. Wind chimes.
This is about connecting at the deepest human level.
It’s about making eye contact and truly listening.
It’s about speaking your truth and being vulnerable.
It’s about letting go of time, structure and itineraries.
It’s about newly formed friendships and bonds that will last a lifetime.
In essence, it’s about finding true presence.
And about living in this exact moment.
And appreciating the beauty of it.
And it’s not just about enjoying four nights in true presence.
It’s about taking it home with you.
To your spouse.
To your kids.
To your employees and colleagues.
It’s about intentional attention.
It’s about the neverending Pursuit of Presence.
For the last decade, my RPM has been revving in the red.
And I’ve been on the brink of exhaustion and burnout.
I’ve lived in constant distraction thinking about the future.
Strategizing, creating and envisioning what’s to come.
All of which is of course important.
But, it’s come at a cost.
I never took a step back and considered if I was strategizing on what I actually cared about or simply strategizing for growth.
Turns out it was for growth.
Being present actually allows you to understand yourself at a deeper level. It ensures you are strategizing on what actually matters to you for the sake of fulfillment, not just growth.
Being more intentional with how we use technology is simply the how. The goal is to be more present with yourself and others.
The greatest regrets in life come from the moments we aren’t present.
We must pursue presence at all costs or accept regret at the end of our lives.
What’s your choice?