Ten days is not actually a very long time, but in the age of electronica, taking that much time away from both one's phone and email is regarded by many as self-abuse or some kind of act of aggression towards others. I think that it is bliss. Not surprisingly, the world continues to turn without my online participation. Cat videos and selfies are still posted, dry sarcasm does not fade away, and anyone that really needs to get in touch with me manages to do so. What is more valuable is the reminder of just how few people really need to get in touch with me. The internet has a way of amplifying our importance, even if only in our own minds, when really we are still creatures of close-knit families and communities and just because we are able to communicate all the time, in real time, does not mean that we need to or should. We are not as important and we would like to believe and I take great solace in that knowledge. Put down your phone, turn off your computer, go outside, whatever it is can wait until later.