A good friend of mine has a yearly ritual. Each spring, he takes a week off from everything in his life and heads up to the mountains for some solitary reflection time. He’s a brilliant, successful architect, dedicated family man, and all-around fun and social person. But during his week in the mountains, he leaves everything behind. He unplugs completely: no internet, no television, and no phone, except for daily check-ins with his family so they know he’s okay. He takes walks, he reads, he writes, he paints, and he thinks. He cooks for himself, washes his own dishes, and though his little cabin has electricity, he takes the opportunity to align his internal clock with nature. He wakes up with the sun and starts to wind down his day when the sun sets.
When he comes back from his week, he’s refreshed, recharged, filled with energy, and ready to rededicate himself to his life, family, and career. He swears this week is the magic pill that makes it all work. Without it, he’d be lost.
If you’re one of our regular readers, you know about Renaissance Time. If you’re not, I won’t ruin the surprise: you’ll need to sign up for our declutter series to learn all about it and how to incorporate it into your daily routine. Spoiler alert: it’s all about starting your day analog and not digital, and taking time every day to do things that enrich your soul and improve your life.