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Unplug Yourself

I have always loved a good advice.  More so, when it comes from controversial and amazing people.

Take ex Google Chairman Eric Schmidt.

And who wouldn't love a man who started his 2012 commencement speech with this quote:

“I am a true adorer of life, and if I can’t reach as high as the face of it, I plant my kiss somewhere lower down. Those who understand will require no further explanation.” 

Quoting from Henderson the Rain King, a novel written by the late Saul Bellow.

Really, how can you not fall for that?

Read his full speech here.

Then he went on to give what would probably be the most timely advice of our generation:

Remember to take at least one hour a day and turn that thing off. Do the math, 1/24th. Go dark. Shut it down. Learn where the OFF button is.
 
Take your eyes off the screen, and look into the eyes of the that person you love.
 
Have a conversation–a real conversation–with the friends who make you think, with the family who makes you laugh.
 
Don’t just push a button saying I “Like” something. Actually tell them. What a concept!
 
Engage with the world around you … feel … and taste … and smell … and hug what’s there, right in front of you–not what’s a click away.

 And continues with:

Life is not lived in the glow of a monitor. Life is not a series of status updates. Life is not about your friend count–it’s about the friends you can count on.

Life is about who you love, how you live, it’s about who you travel through the world with. Your family, your collaborators, your friends. Life is a social experience first, and the best aspects of that experience are not lonely ones–they are spent in the company of others.

In this day and age where eat and breath internet and social media and idolize these techie geniuses who changed our world, it is good to hear some worthwhile advice.

UNPLUG.  Give your loveones the gift of your time and presence this Christmas.



**According to UrbanDictionary.com, to “unplug” means “to be unreachable through electronic means and not part of the collective electronic consciousness". 

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