Monday, July 27, 2009

Too busy to connect

This week my wife and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary, so somewhat on a whim we decided that we would take a weekend and get away.  We travelled towards St. Louis, to the country about an hour west of the city.  For those not from Missouri (and perhaps to some who are from here) it may surprise you to know that the hilly region there is wine country.  Of course a lot of the grapes that would grow in southern France, Australia, or California aren't going to flourish in Missouri, but there are quite a number of varieties of grapes in the world, and numbers that are heartier.

So, we started in Hermann, MO which is the home of wineries like Stone Hill and Adam Puchta Winery.  It is a really quaint little town on the Missouri River...which is funny that I write it that was.  I quick looked up the web-link for the city, and that is exactly how they describe themselves.  Anyway, it was a very pleasant town to wander around in, and very relaxing area.  Sampling fantastic wines and being in natural beauty helps.

So, what does this have to do with the title of this posting?  Well, I find my life with work, family, kids activities, college, church, and a band is all VERY busy.  It was refreshing and interesting to have zero connection to the rest of the world.  I don't have an iPhone or smartphone, my cell phone was roaming...so no texts were coming through, the bed-and-breakfast we stayed at didn't have wireless that worked, etc.  So, I was pretty well disconnected...but I kept busy travelling with Heather from winery to picnic area to gift shop to gorgeous views of fields of grapes overlooking the river.

I was too 'busy' relaxing to even think about the fact that I was disconnected from the modern world.  OK...so that means that I really wasn't busy...I get that.  And I liked very much that I was able to get away.  And that getting away leaves you with time to think about people are important to you...friends and family.  You quickly see how busy the life is that you are returning to.

So, in an attempt to reclaim some of that feeling and share it with people...the busy-life asserts itself again.  People are too busy to take a break and talk...too busy to get some lunch...too busy to talk on the phone, even as they quickly consume lunch at their desk while doing work.  Thus I find myself outside again sitting in the sun and breeze by myself...in the place that seems to always go the pace that I would rather be going.