I want to tell you about a phone conversation my husband had with a telecommunications sales executive. Let’s call him Bill (the salesman, not my husband). From what I can gather, the conversation went something like this:
Bill: Rhubarb! Rhubarb! (General sales patter)… Have you got mobile broadband? You haven’t? Then you might be interested in our summer offer. Get mobile broadband for a trial period – 250 kronor connection charge and free for the first year. Just to see if you like it.
Husband: Sure, I’d like to give it a try, but I don’t want to pay for something that I might not like.
Bill: But don’t you want to be connected all the time, wherever you are?
Husband: Well, I’ve got wireless broadband at home, broadband at the office and Internet on my phone. I don’t need to be connected all the time.
Bill: Puzzled silence.
Husband – trying to be helpful: Sometimes it’s nice just to sit on the bus and read a book.
Bill – even more puzzled, not to say a little worried: But are you sure you don’t want to be connected 24/7?!?
Husband: Look! I’ve been working in computers for the past thirty years. Sometimes, it’s nice NOT to be connected!
Bill: Silent. Very silent. Speechless.
Husband decides to finish the call: I think I’ve wasted enough of your time. Have a good evening!
Don’t know about you – but sometimes it is essential to do something else – something offline. Like talk with your kids, read a book, sing a song, talk with a friend, be at peace for a while to calm the noise of the day.
I agree that mobile broadband is great if you want to work outside the box – on a park bench, on a beach, or anywhere that inspires you – to do your best. At work.
However, just now and then, very occasionally, when you’re on the beach, it is great just to be on the beach. With a book. The waves. Family or friends.
And sometimes, you can even go to the beach, not to work or to surf the Internet – but to surf the waves.
Believe me – it is essential for your well-being.