Take 2 with Jerry & Debbie

How Do You Unplug?


On Friday, Jerry and Debbie want to hear your takes on how you “unplug” from the fast-paced world we live in. Sure, it can be things like taking a few minutes of quiet time in the morning, at lunch or in the evening. Or immersing yourself in a good book. Or going to the gym. Those will all be fine. But we invite you to share how you may at times choose to go even deeper in getting away from it all. Do you love the great outdoors? Do you like to escape on a hunting, camping or fishing trip? Perhaps you make regular retreats or pilgrimages. Whatever it is that helps you recharge your physical and spiritual batteries, we want to hear about it and be inspired!


2 thoughts on “How Do You Unplug?

  1. This topic is one of the superficial topics often covered by this show, which makes me question why EWTN spends money on this. I heard Debbie’s comment about driving around in rural areas to take in the beauty of the land. I confess that i have done that a lot myself. But, I don’t think Debbie is a good example for others to emulate. First, a lot of people in this country are poor or near-poor, and they do not have the luxury of a car and the gas to burn up on this romp into the countryside. Second, there’s the consumption of the gasoline and resulting greenhouse gas emissions — is this a good example of how to “disconnect”? Third, (I didn’t listen to the entire program) wouldn’t the proper target of that subject be to focus on the spiritual means of “unplugging” from whatever is going on around us? Fourth, on a psychological level, a long drive in the countryside might not be possible under a large number of circumstances, especially in urban areas.

    I’m not sure if the spiritual exercises of St.Ignatius or the writings of other mystics are better than this: I’ve finished my second reading of “The 6 Constant Mitzvos [commandments}” available at artscroll.com It covers the six commands in the Torah that we have to obey every second of the day, virtually as second-nature to ourselves.

    A popular term today is “situational awareness.” I think the answer to “unplugging” or “disconnecting” is to never forget the larger context of whatever is going on around us, as God commands in the Torah. The book highly emphasizes the Jewish version of something Al Kresta says all the time, the purpose of our life is to become holier and holier, and to look for the opportunities to do that. As pleasurable as a ride in the countryside might be, as therapeutic as it might be, it doesn’t necessarily focus on increasing our holiness — the goal of our life. Aside from my specific comments, our goal in unplugging is to become holy — every action of our day focused on that. I did not pick that up in the short sample of the discussion I heard.


  2. Thanks for the feedback, Rick. We appreciate you listening to the show and weighing in with your thoughts. Happy New Year.


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