Press the pause button.
It's time to feel the rain, the wind, the cold mountain air.
Turn the mobile phone off. It does have an off button.
Leave the laptop power down.
Let the e-mails go un-read.
Shred the to do list.
Unplug the television.
Ebay the Playstation.
Don't eat anything that you haven't made yourself.
Spend only what you can afford.
Leave the city.
Head to the hills.
Hear the quiet.
Look up at the sky.
Hear the noises of the wood.
Make a campfire.
Watch the fire flicker and the beans bubble.
Time to recharge those batteries.
Things got too complicated back there.
illustration: Pete Davies