"And it is essential of the happy life that a man would have almost no mail."
-C.S. Lewis, while talking about his perfect daily routine.
I felt this "happy life" while in Alaska these past two weeks.
No texts, email, or calls.
Just mountains, salmon, and ghost towns.
The noise was gone.
Lauren, Dad, Mom, Mike, Emily, Guy that Filleted the Halibut, and Earl the Lonely Park Ranger, were really the only people who I exchanged words with.
I don't think Lewis is referring to a hermit's joy in disconnection, but rather in the joy of simplicity.
And sometimes, to simplify you must disconnect.
This preference is, without a doubt, in degree, due to personality. But it is also a part of each of our personhood.
Everyone needs to slow down and unplug (literally) every once and a while.
We are more connected that ever. I think babies are actually starting to be born with one hand that lights up, vibrates, gets stuck to the side of their face, and reveals images as you swipe up and down on it.
Connection. Yes, we need it, but I believe Lewis is right in saying the unplugging can lead to deep peace and happiness once you we stop shuddering at the silence. When was the last time you heard a breeze?
Alaska reminded me that by disconnecting we allow ourselves to be better at reconnecting.
It's good to be back.