This isn’t the first time I’ve talked about physical versus digital on the blog but today I’m taking a different angle. Instead of bemoaning my overindulgent habits, I’m here with good news.
The past few weeks I’ve stepped outside of my digital cave on more than one occasion. First, with an in-person conference in Salt Lake City, then with a slew of handwritten thank you notes, and most recently at a vision board party hosted by a dear friend. (Have you ever made a vision board for the new year? It’s a total blast when you do it with friends.) Heck, I’ve even been writing in my journal lately! At each occasion, it’s become beautifully clear just how refreshing time spent doing something with your hands or in the presence of real people can be. There’s plenty of time for digital work. Lord knows if there isn’t, we’ll make it! But quality time with your thoughts, friends, or crafts is invaluable and far less prioritized, in my experience.
The incredible thing about working “off screen” is the permanent presence of the thing you create, whether in the moment or after the fact. If you spend time with friends, you’re there in the flesh… face to face… fully present. If you send a handwritten letter or craft something homemade, it’s concrete… touchable… fully present. What a wonderful thing that we take for granted in our age of refresh buttons and digital archives.
I left my friend’s vision board party last week with both things… in-person fellowship and a beautiful paper collage of guiding visuals for the new year. Now, when I look at my board, I appreciate not only the memories of making it but the physical presence of it above my desk. The torn edges, sharp cuts and studied layers.
I’m happy with my choice to invest in the physical, even if it meant that I got less done that day. And while I’m now back at my computer busy working on blog posts and emails, it was worth every moment of time spent away.