Last week I came down with something and spent 15 hours asleep in one day. It was my body’s way of saying it’s time to take a break, it’s time to get away from all the screens, it’s time to pause. During my time in bed, I had the rare opportunity to watch a squirrel build its nest, which I later discovered is called a drey, in the massive oak tree just outside my bedroom window. She scurried down the branch to grab leaves, then right back up inside the drey to do what I imagined was some very beautiful and warm interior decorating. The squirrel moved quickly. She carried twigs, bark, leaves, and grass into her home to prepare it for the frost that would come later in the week. I was fascinated by my new squirrel friend. I watched her for at least an hour. Then she stopped. She was done. Break time.
Now is the time when you may be wondering why, in a blog about educational technology, am I writing about a squirrel I saw while lying in bed with brain fog. Over the last two weeks, I have heard many faculty members, staff, and students say something to the extent of “I’m just trying to make it until the end of the semester.” As we carry on through year two in never-ending pandemic mode, we are all tired. We are like my squirrel friend who scurried up and down the oak tree to build her drey, only we have not stopped to take a break. Perhaps is it because our work is not yet done, or maybe it is because we have gotten so use to the fast pace that it seems normal. Either way, I’m here to tell you, let’s pause. In particular, let’s pause our fast-paced digital devices and screens to be truly unplugged once in a while. Maybe it’s even just for an hour to watch a squirrel. You might end up with an annoyed family member or two, like Cheryl Johnson has, but it’s worth it.
Pausing your Device
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