I am a strong believer that when you disconnect from the internet and phones, that you are really blessed with the opportunity to get to know those around you. In Germany we had rare access to the internet and most of us just purchased simple phones to plan events or make sure people were safe. There were numerous nights of chilling in our apartment, eating spaghetti, making fanta floats and sharing stories. I felt like I knew our group my whole life. I guess thats what happens when you open up. When you allow others in. When you tell people how it is. When you tell people what is going on outside of the internet. In fact we would get frustrated when someone did create events on facebook or email us, because we rarely would see these. It was crazy how reversed the situation was. I loved it. I guess thats why on the sabbath, I try to not use my phone or go on my computer. It is really nice to “disconnect” from the world and really, truly, deeply connect with those around me. It is a magical and wonderful feeling. I am grateful to be able to turn the power off. To shut down my computer. To say goodnight in person. To not worry about the craziness happening. Instead I work towards creating a beautiful life for myself. Whether I share what exactly I am doing on facebook or twitter is unimportant. It is more important to realize that real life still exists outside the internet. So don’t spend hours taking pictures to make it look like you had a good time. Just have a good time. I may suggest, disconnect today even for just a short period of time. Even if its just during dinner. Good luck as you take your first step to real connection!