Pull the plug…

I came across this quote today:

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Annie Lamott

It’s so true.

But ironically I read this on my phone scrolling through my Facebook feed.

I noticed how low the battery was and realised I’d been scrolling longer than I had thought.

It was like a smack in the face.


So I did and I went outside and took a few deep breaths.

I stopped to look at our veggie patch, the yellow flowers on the cucumber plant, the intense colour of the red chillis.

I watched bees in the flowers on the basil and noticed the crop of green cherry tomatoes that will hopefully ripen soon.

I sat down for a while listening to the birds – and a birdsong I didn’t recognise – and noticed how still the trees were today.

It was just for ten minutes, but even in that time I felt better.

Away from constantly being plugged-in to a device.

Two plugs unplugged by a double socket
Pull the plug. Photo by Ann Lund.

Even more ironically perhaps, Lamott, the American author whose quote prompted this blog, recently drew the ire of Taylor Swift fans after she made a snarky comment about the pop star on X (formerly known as Twitter).

Why anyone still uses this platform is baffling to me – it really is a nasty place, but I bet Lamott has done a lot of unplugging since!

I also came across this quote from another author, Nitya Prakash:

“Anybody have plans to stare at their phone somewhere exciting this weekend?”

Now that really says it all doesn’t it?

Pull the plug.

Get outside.


Have a lovely weekend
Ann 🙏

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