Unplugged But Not By Choice

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Unplugged But Not By Choice

There have been many posts are articles I’ve read about being unplugged...by choice.  They have special days for it. Some people take unpluggedvacations where phones and other devices are not allowed.


Not me. I make no apologies...I do love being connected. No, I’m not one of those on my phone when I’m with others. I just like to know that if I want to Google something, I can.


However yesterday we had a strong storm that came through the area and there was a large power outage.  Thankfully the weather cooperated so that we did not need our A/C or heater.


We were unable to watch anything on the television or listen to music, which, by the way, we were doing. No surfing of the internet, which meant no reading the posts here.


We’ve all had this happen to us. Hurricanes, earthquakes, snowstorms, any number of reasons when we become unplugged.


cell phone usage


Larry decided to take a nap, so the house was quiet. I walked around the house trying to decide what to do. Oh, I could have used my phone, iPad or laptop, but I had no idea how long the power was going to be out, so I wanted to conserve my power.


Being the closet geek that I am, I also extra power packs.


It was like some special gift had been given to me. I had “me” time and I could do what I wanted with it.

So I found a book...a real one...and found a seat near a window and began to read a book I’d been given some time ago.

Yes, I know that I could have picked up that book at any time...power outage or not...but those darn devices are just too distracting.


Don’t fight it when life throws a boulder on the road you’re on.

Just look at it as an opportunity to experience a new route!

With mindfulness, you can establish yourself in the present in order to touch the wonders of life that are available in that moment. Thich Nhat Hanh


(with special thanks to Ron and Alexandra Seigel for introducing me to Thich Nhat Hanh)



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Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

Kathy, sometimes that unexpected unplugging can be so peaceful and nice. The thought panicks me, I will admit, but every once in awhile...ahhhhh.

Apr 09, 2019 07:28 AM #34
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Excellent!  Glad you found that book that was begging to be read!  Great story.  We have had some outages recently with TStorms here too!

Apr 09, 2019 08:04 AM #35
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

My phone is my business. When I retire then the phone won't be so important.

Apr 09, 2019 09:51 AM #36
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

It is wise to remember everything is on loan making us stewards not addicts

Apr 09, 2019 10:57 AM #37
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

You nailed it! Those devices are extremely distracting. I'm glad you had a chance to unwind with a good book. Sounds like a lovely afternoon.

Apr 09, 2019 12:46 PM #38
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

After you get past the horror of being without technology, it can be quite wonderful!

Apr 09, 2019 12:51 PM #39
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Liz recently bought us a solar charger for emergency use with our cell phones, so as long as it doesn't stay too cloudy for long, we could keep on going :)

Apr 09, 2019 01:08 PM #40
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

The first step is panic, then a bit of acceptance, then we quickly shift into what now mode? I like your answer to having some time on your hands. Nothing like time spent in a quiet house with a good book. 

Apr 09, 2019 02:01 PM #41
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

Yeah, been there before, too many times. It's one thing to choose to unplug, but quite another to have the decision made for you. But of course there is always other stuff to do.

Thanks for Hanh's quote - it's an excellent one with a powerful message.


Apr 09, 2019 06:10 PM #42
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I love both naps and reading... an excuse to do either is fine with me. As for power outages, they happen now and then where we live, so we have a generator.

Apr 09, 2019 08:17 PM #43
Heidi Johnson
Heidi Naturally - Greenwich, OH
Educator providing healthy tips for busy moms

This is a great story of making the best of a "bad" situation. It's true that our devices distract us from just resting and reading a book once in a while. We need to do more of this! 

Apr 09, 2019 08:36 PM #44
Krista Jenkins, REALTOR®
klm Real Estate - Lubbock, TX
Residential sales and retail & office leasing

I have forgotten my phone at the house on several occasions over the past year. I had purposely stepped back from production for a time, so I was not in danger of missing an important sales call. It is a good thing to be unplugged for  a bit.

Apr 10, 2019 06:10 AM #45
Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

I like to turn it all off from time to time but I must admit, I tend to have a backup battery and hot spot.

Apr 10, 2019 08:09 AM #46
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Kathy, this is a thought provoking post, great job!

I am most impressed by the manner in which you handled the "disruption." You saw the good in it and let that work to your advantage.

You made a choice, to use your phone or to take advantage of some time of peace.

I am glad you lived to tell about it. Many do not think being "unplugged" is survivable. 

Thanks for sharing.

Apr 10, 2019 09:02 AM #47
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Stuff happens to disrupt our dailt routines. So glad you took advantage of the moment and got to spend time relaxing and reading the book that was begging to be read. Great post!  Seems your husband was able to also get the sleep he needed? Kathy Streib 

Apr 10, 2019 11:35 AM #48
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

Kathy--It can be so peaceful to just sit and read a book, not plugged into anything. Good for you!  Just keep candles nearby.

Apr 10, 2019 03:13 PM #49
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

power outages are common up here... Be prepared for all things at all times!!


Books are our quiet friends... always at the ready to be there to educate or entertain...

Apr 11, 2019 12:30 AM #50
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

I too am one of those that find it very hard to unplug, Kathy Streib ... thank God that my wife is understanding.  She knows me well.  But every once in a while, a "forced" unplugging ... loss of power, etc. ... can be good.  I do find myself hoping that everyone that might have contacted me was also out of power too though.  That's really bad, isn't it?????


Apr 11, 2019 10:09 AM #51
Lauren Williams, CPO
Casual Uncluttering LLC - Woodinville, WA
Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes

Kathy Streib I have a slightly different version of "boulder in the road." I like to get lost in the Pacific North West - I never know what new perfect little house to appreciate, new view of a mountain, or incredible glimpse of an osprey I'll be gifted.

Apr 12, 2019 07:31 PM #52
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

It's definitely hard for me Kathy...;)

Apr 15, 2019 01:08 PM #53
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