Checking Out is More Important Than Ever

I just ended a four-week grand jury duty. Yes, every afternoon for four weeks. It was a challenge to say the least. But what I love about jury duty is the sitting around waiting, and talking and connecting to New Yorkers you don’t get to talk to every day. It’s the best. It opens up so many perspectives.

One conversation I had was with a lovely 21-year old Orthodox Jewish woman. She told me that her community’s tradition of shutting down all electronics, from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, has taken on new meaning in the digital age. Saturday has become far and away her favorite day of the week. No cell phone, just doing things with friends and family and connecting. What a gift.

The rare times I’ve forgotten my phone over the last couple of years have been so peaceful. I am determined to have a screen-free day each weekend with my family and friends. Join me?

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