Sometimes you gotta take a break from all the noise to appreciate the beauty of silence.
~ Robert Tew
These days, it seems almost like a foreign concept to be unplugged even for 24 hours. Texts, emails, and phone calls that aren’t immediately returned are interpreted as being ignored. But what are the implications of that constant feeling of connectedness that binds many of us for as much as 16 to 18 hours per day? Perhaps it requires unplugging to take a true assessment of how far-reaching this technology has become in dictating our lives. We increasingly miss out on the important moments of our lives as we pass the hours with our noses buried in our devices.
As the 10th anniversary since our virtual doors sprung open has arrived, we look back upon 15 million+ Site visitors, the welcoming of 850+ writers, the publishing of 26,000+ Articles, the rapid growth of our massive Social Media Communities, the recognition of multiple International awards, the launch of GoodWorks 360° Foundation, the launch of 360° Nation Events & 360° Nation Studios, the release of 2 blockbuster streaming productions – HopeFest 360° & BucketFest 360°, and over the past year-plus —the undercurrent of a global pandemic. While it’s been a remarkable journey over the past decade and our passion for “doing more” prevails, we’re simply tired. So it’s time to step back for some long-overdue self-care.
Unplug? Are you kidding? Far too many write about it, think about it, talk about it, understand the need for and value of it. But few actually do it with conviction, even if for a few hours let alone a day, a weekend, a week, or more. Face it – we’re all addicted to our devices. Period.
Disconnecting to Reconnect – Our Radical Sabbatical
Well, it’s time for us to “walk the talk.” To actually step back, exhale, and smell the roses. It’s time for bringing real meaning to the notion of self-care. It’s time for the entire 360° Nation team to disconnect so we can reconnect with each other and what’s really important. While our thoughts about disconnecting have been increasing over time, any remaining hesitation dissipated as we pondered these insights by Jackie Woodside ⤵︎
And so it goes, our lights will remain on, but our active publishing will cease from Monday, Nov 15 for 3 months —resuming Tuesday, Feb 15th. If you write for us, keep on sending us your “good stuff”, as we’ll hold it for release over the weeks following our return. If you’re one of our many loyal readers, take advantage of any opportunity to stroll through the published archives of our amazing writers. While our publishing will indeed cease, we will continue to support our global nonprofit community via GoodWorks 360° Foundation, keeping our promise “for good”. It’s been a great ride and no doubt it will be a refreshing break, allowing us to rest, recharge, and renew our passion for “doing more, and doing more good”. And we’ll certainly look forward to seeing you all again on the other side of this upcoming rainbow…