Disconnecting Of Sorts

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Disconnecting Of Sorts

 

Disconnections Of Sorts

 

Disconnecting Of Sorts Disconnecting can be disconcerting.  Unsettling.  It can also be viewed as somewhat liberating.  Maybe an escape.  All sorts of things can happen when we disconnect.  For many reasons.  Some known.  Others not so known. 

 

Sometimes you have to disconnect to stay connected. 

Remember the old days when you had eye contact during a conversation? 

When everyone wasn't looking down at a device in their hands? 

We've become so focused on that tiny picture,

that we forget the people right in front of us. 

                                                                                                                Regina Brett

 

 

 And those moments don't necessarily need to involve technology but it seems that is a somewhat common theme these days. 

 

I returned this morning from a short getaway and while I wasn't totally disconnected there were moments where that seemed to be true.  Real and imagined.  Sometimes at the same time.  On Saturday, I visited a museum.  Totally disconnected from social media you would think. The museum had an app to use for their self-guided tour.  Usually I avoid such "gimmicks" but I attempted to use it.  Bad move. It didn't work so I was left to my own devices to observe, experience and learn.  I didn't think too much about it until I finsihed my tour.  App-less but still satisfied.

 

 

I was alone but with plans to meet some others at an arranged time in a lobby of a hotel where I was familiar but no one was staying.  Unfortunately my cell phone had "locked".  Seemingly for no reason.  I was without connection.  Of sorts.

 

In my own non-techy way...I headed to our planned meeting spot.  It was a large place and there I was without any electronic connection should I not be able to find the others in the group. Crowded with people.  Lots and lots of people.  

 

Moments of tension soon disappeared when I spied one of the group as I stationed myself in a particularly advantageous location.   

 

The disconnect continued as I was unable to effectively connect with my cell phone "help desk" last evening.  Today after a brief stop to unpack and regroup, I was off to a brick-and-mortar version of the help desk.  And while the resolution wasn't ideal it was a lesson.  Some things work out when you remain alert. Other things aren't resolved quite as efficiently or effortlessly.   

 

The image in this post is from canstockphoto.com

 

 

 

Disconnecting  Of Sorts

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Michael Jacobs

 

CalBRE # 01165532

2065 Huntington Drive

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393

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Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
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Wayne Martin - that sounds like an ideal destination.  

Sally K. & David L. Hanson - a unexpected discovery and a nice one!  

Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl - it's good when panic morphs into serenity.  

Aug 19, 2019 06:58 AM #13
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
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I am a little scared for our society. We are so connected, but to only those things we WANT to hear (good or bad). People seem to not only want to here their point of view (only), they seek out experts who will tell them they are correct. We need to both turn off AND listen to uncomfortable points of view.

Aug 19, 2019 07:13 AM #14
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Brian England
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Ugh, dealing with a non-working cell phone is extremely frustrating in this day and age.  When that happens to me, I have to get it resolved as soon as possible, haha.

Aug 19, 2019 07:46 AM #15
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Michael Jacobs
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - your comment brings many thoughts to mind.  It's such a "simple" thing but one where solutions seem so "difficult".  

Brian England - inconvenience can bring forth feelings of frustration.  Living and experiencing in the moment seems like a distant memory for too many.  Unfortunately.  Is this now a "fact of life"?   Hmm....

Aug 19, 2019 07:53 AM #16
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Lottie Kendall
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Disconnecting at our wish is wonderfully restorative and refreshing. I often wonder if that is one reason I enjoy hiking as much as I do.

Aug 19, 2019 07:56 AM #17
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Michael Jacobs
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Lottie Kendall - I can see the benefits of hiking.  On so many different levels.  

Aug 19, 2019 09:10 AM #18
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Just about a year ago, I was off the Internet for just about a month. I had an associate sitting on my business but it was nice not having 64 spam messages daily and no phone calls.

It was like being connected with life, not the world...

That is a true vacation with free wifi (no wifi) Michael Jacobs 

Aug 19, 2019 10:28 AM #19
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Michael Jacobs
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - such "freedom" of connections is quite nice.  

Aug 19, 2019 10:49 AM #20
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Hi Michael Jacobs  well it's interesting as I've been on a journey to disconnect online (FB etc) this past year++ and I am so enjoying it. It took awhile to 'relax' but once I did, that was that.  I look back now and see how I was constantly looking at my cell phone for updates. For what? As for your phone going bonkers I can see where you felt like a fish out of water....but it all worked out. There have been times when I forget my cell phone and at first it's - oh no - no what.  Then I think.....everyone can wait a little bit till I return. Nothing fell apart!! And....I'm with Lottie - hiking is the best cure for totally disconnecting and being in the moment.

Aug 19, 2019 02:41 PM #21
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Michael Jacobs
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 - while there may be some uneasiness at first or at times when withdrawing from some/all technology, there are tremendous upsides as well.  

Aug 19, 2019 03:23 PM #22
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Michael Jacobs - many years ago (back around 1998) I flew to Japan to spend a week with my daughter who was living there. At that time, I didn't own a cell phone and hadn't given it much thought. What shocked me was everywhere I went people had two cell phones and heavy camera equipment that they carried around everywhere they went. I thought to myself, now that's crazy! Why would anyone need two cell phones at the same time? After reading your experience, I'm wondering if that's what our future is going to look like. 

Aug 19, 2019 05:59 PM #23
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - I purchased my first cell phone in 1994 a bit after I joined ActiveRain.  It was clunky and expensive(in those days).  I kept my pager since receiving calls was also rather costly so the cell phone was rarely used.  Were those the good ol' days?  Hmm...I wonder.  As for future generations...oh the changes we are bound to see.  

Aug 19, 2019 08:17 PM #24
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Isn't is disarming when the 'disconnection' isn't 'planned,' Michael?

Enjoying planned time away is so different - at least you know you still have your phone (which has either been muted or turned off) in your pocket or nearby!

Glad you found your friends but, so sorry you had to go through all of that!

Aug 19, 2019 11:42 PM #25
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Michael Jacobs
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Debe Maxwell, CRS - you're right about disarming as well as planned versus unplanned occurrences.  A minor inconvenience can lead to a major point of frustration.  Thankfully, many times, and this was one of those, it was temporary.  Especially when you look at the "big picture".

Aug 20, 2019 07:03 AM #26
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Will Hamm
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Hello Michael,  I know I have a problem if my phone goes dead and no place to charge it up.  What did we do in the old days!

 

Aug 20, 2019 11:29 AM #27
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Will Hamm - it's rather amazing(and a bit frightening) how disconnected we become when we are technically connected,  

Aug 20, 2019 03:26 PM #28
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Sharon Tara
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We have become so dependent on our devices...panic and sometimes just plain boredom can easily kick in when we become locked out. Having spent a lot of time in campgrounds with the RV lately I can tell you just how frustrating it can be when you can't get internet.

Aug 21, 2019 03:54 PM #29
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Michael Jacobs
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Sharon Tara - breathe deeply...sometimes that helps.  

Aug 21, 2019 05:00 PM #30
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Joan Cox
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Michael, glad you could get away, and someday would love to UNPLUG, but when you need your phone, is way inconvenient!  

Aug 24, 2019 06:58 AM #31
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Michael Jacobs
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Joan Cox - unplugging by choice is good.  When there isn't a choice, well...it's not so good.  

Aug 24, 2019 07:02 AM #32
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