21 years ago this month I was in a van with seven other people that ended up becoming very dear to me. We traveled for Baptist Bible College in Springfield Missouri on a musical recruiting team. Our travel schedule lasted throughout the school year going to churches on the weekend, and also for 10 weeks during the summer, which was the best part of the year.
I still put the summer of 1997 as one of the happiest seasons of my young life. The first week of the trip our van’s stereo was broken. None of us had cell phones back then so we just had the music of conversation. I think that’s what made this summer to be so special because we had the opportunity to really get to know one another early on.
I was reminded of that today because I’m at the office with no internet. One of my coworkers joked, “What DID we before the Internet?!”
It’s funny and sad all at the same time how complicated we’ve made things. Let’s try this. If the Internet is down and you don’t want to go to the local coffee shop or call it quits for the day, here are five ideas to make the best of a blackout.
- Have a conversation with coworker.
- Write a few thank you notes to people that you’re thankful for.
- Think through a process at work that needs some fine tuning.
- Call someone just to encourage them.
I love to hear about what you do when the Internet goes down in the comment section below.