We recently went away for a few days to a remote cabin in Virginia that sits alongside a river and is surrounded by trees. With no cell service, internet, or TV, we were truly disconnected from the outside world. We spent time outside, the boys played, we read, we ate, we made a fire, we rested, we talked, Michael played guitar, we enjoyed fresh air—and I practiced being present.
I noticed that there’s something meditative and calming about the sounds and movement of a river. Rushing over rocks and downstream, the river was our soundtrack as the bright December sun filtered through the tall, bare trees. Our time away was a chance to disconnect, to reconnect, to have a digital detox, to build our relationships with one another, to slow down, and to practice listening. It was the perfect time to pause and reflect on the year behind us, and the one ahead.