One of the basic covenants that attendees make as part of the event is the agreement to "unplug" from all of the technology (i.e. cell phones, Internet, computer use etc.). So for the better part of four days I didn't use my phone, surf the net or use a computer. At first it was hard, I won't lie! As a business owner and someone who is pretty much addicted to my phone, I wanted to check for emails, texts, go on Twitter and Facebook etc.
But as the weekend progressed it was nice not to worry about the phone. Instead of surfing on my phone I hiked, grabbed some coffee and read, or just had some alone time to pray, think ...breather. At night I had great conversations with men around a fire ... and I didn't miss my phone or TV or my computer at all!
During this time of renewing and restoring I discovered and rediscovered things about myself I didn't realize or had forgotten. Things that are now serving me well as I have re-engaged back in some of the craziness of the world again.
Obviously a weekend in the mountains may not be your thing. So I encourage you to think about and to share: What is your thing and how you can take some time to refresh, renew and restore you.