It's well documented that those who spend a long time at sea, under the yawning vastness of the sky, bobbing around in the ocean, are often overcome with a Zen-like change when they realize how "small" they are in comparison with nature at her most infinite. You can liken it to a mental shedding of all things trivial. Some decide to shun the material life they left behind and sail the seas for a year or two. Some find God. Others just get new perspective on what's important. Let's call this the "Aha moment".
After having just spent 7 nights on a sailing boat, it perhaps wasn't long enough to find my Zen, but I did have a mini "Aha moment." Life is so much more enjoyable without email, phones and hairdryers. We'll get to the last bit in a minute, but seriously, the thought of no connectivity terrified me at first. I was positively twitchy the first couple of days, checking my phone periodically with futile hope of seeing something even though we were far off the grid. But here's the thing: by day 5, I didn't even want to check my phone. I didn't want to be brought back to the connected world, the markets, the neediness of social media, schedules, and emails demanding answers. Bottom line: the price of an "Aha moment" was precisely 5 days. And this "Aha" felt darn good. Like a weight off the shoulders. A weight I didn't want back.
Ask yourself, how many days straight have you gone without checking email, your phone, twitter or Facebook? Does the thought scare you? In reality, it's just taking you back less than 2 decades ago, to approximately the time when the newfangled Blackberry device suddenly allowed 24/7 access...by you and to you. Somehow, humans managed to survive without that for millennia.
So now the challenge is to keep this "Aha" feeling going. Maybe it's already, after one day at work, gone. Sad really. As for the hairdryers, alas CNBC does not favor the feral look, which is a pity because there's nothing nicer than allowing oneself to be dried "au naturel" in the ocean breeze.
OK.... Enough pontificating and back to work. I need to check my email.