A Time to Unplug

Is your digital life beginning to overload you to the point of overwhelm? Perhaps it is time to unplug.

It is good to be connected. Linking, liking, friending and following are all the rage these days. Networking, following up, keeping in touch – these are the things that seem to make the world go round. Our technology makes all of this keeping-up even easier. After all, everybody is just one click, tweet, call or text away.

But, this is the season to focus on the most important people in your life, give yourself the permission to unplug. This is equally as good as being connected, if not better. Turn off the mobile devices and unplug the immobile ones too. Just be present.

Take time to listen to a loved one tell their stories of old. Be sure to soak in a child’s laughter. Tell your family members how much you love them and think of special ways to take action to show your devotion to them.

Treasure, devour and keep in your heart each moment as it presents itself to you. Take the good and the bad together while allowing each experience to enrich you and make you stronger to face the future. Choose to focus on all that is good, lovely and pure.

Life itself is a precious thing that is often forgotten in the midst of our often busy and stressful lives. Take time to stop and remember this holiday season why you are doing “this” and “who” is really important in the big picture. Fill your heart with gratitude and thanksgiving.

Never forget that life is a gift – something to cherish.

About Cherish Flieder

Cherish Flieder is an internationally-featured artist, designer, creative entrepreneur, and award-winning children’s book illustrator. Cherish’s designs have been seen in fashion apparel, books, magazines, greeting cards, gifts, crafts and more. She is the creator of Something to Cherish®, an artistic brand that joyfully connects with the hearts of women through her original watercolor mixed-media artwork on pre-treasured gifts, home decor, fashion accessories, and keepsakes. Cherish is also the founder of the art licensing community ArtLicensingShow.com. She regularly teaches marketing, illustration, design, and technology at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design. Connect with Cherish on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google + and LinkedIn.