Do you like the person you’ve become? A week ago, I would have answered yes to that question, but now I have cause to pause. I am on vacation in the Colorado mountains and there is no Internet.
It was all fine and good, riding toward our destination, looking at my phone with 4G and 5 bars. We hit a threshold in elevation and all these comforting lights on my phone just disappeared. The only light showing up was the battery charge light and this bothered me more than I wanted to admit.
I had lost all communication with civilization. I couldn’t post a Blog, or check my Letitgocoach Facebook page. My daughter is vacationing with her Dad in Florida, but I’m pretty sure Florida has 4G, so she could text me but I couldn’t text her. I didn’t realize how much the connectivity had become a part of who I am. I wasn’t sure I liked who was staring at her phone in utter sadness.
Our car transitioned from pavement onto a dirt road and made it’s way across a wooden bridge. Driving from Texas, the temperature had dropped significantly and to me it felt cold. The movie, “Deliverance’ came to mind as we made our way through the woods as the road came to an end. There stood a lovely, Colorado style home made of wood, rock and windows, nestled alone in the forest. Stepping out of the car, I became aware of a loud, roaring noise.
Behind the house was a rushing river. It was very loud and was making itself known full force. I took a couple of pictures and made a note to post it on Facebook when we were in town. The river was so loud, you could hear it from inside the house with the windows shut. The house had doors that would seal shut upon closing and it blocked some of the noise, but several windows hung open.
It took me a few days to get acclimated to my new surroundings. I was amazed how this natural environment was such a contrast to what I was used to. This was how God made it to be. Cool, crisp air, and the sun pouring into the windows so brightly, you needed sunglasses to walk through the house. Feeling the warmth from a fire in the fireplace, and sleeping underneath a down comforter, in August.
I had become more connected virtually than to nature. For this natural environment to seem like Twilight Zone material is not natural. I shouldn’t feel more comfort looking at a phone screen lit up than the night sky. The sight and sound of a raging river should not be noise, it should be a soothing sound. I find it humorous now, that my first thought was to post a picture of it on Facebook, instead of enjoying it.