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I found that island…

I’ve been threatening to go to an island to unplug from my computer — which I did over the weekend.

My friends and I wound up paddling our kayaks out to an island that is literally right down the street from me. I live three houses up from the water in Clearwater, Fla. and I never go to that little island — even though it is only a five-minute kayak paddle away.

Five minutes is a million miles when you are desperate to get away from your computer. I’ve never been one to go over the ledge into workaholism, but recently, I slipped into that abyss. I’ve got a book coming out and major marketing for my speaking business. This is the first time I have been so consumed by my work, and I don’t like what it has done to me.

I needed that island. I loaded my camping gear and six friends and I paddled out there before landing on what would be “our” island for that moment in time. We cooked over the fire, made s’mores and told stories. My phone was off and packed away. I never even touched it. But, I did notice some very strange behavior on my friend Cindy’s part when I saw her thumbs moving rapidly. She was texting. On an island! Then, Jen’s cell phone rang. Yikes. Are we that bad that we can’t shut the world out for a few hours?

I didn’t want to come back to the pile of work I had waiting for me. But, I learned something very, very good.

I have my own, personal paradise. It is  just five minutes away.

And I can go there to just “be.”

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