You spend a lot of time interacting with me. More time than what is absolutely necessary. Granted I help you with your news writing job, the various ministries and projects you juggle, and communicating with your friends and family. I have made your life quicker and easier alleviating you from tedious work over the years.
I have noticed you get tense….borderline anxious…when you are interacting with me and your kids need your help, or have a question, or want to show you something. They are kids, after all. They need your attention in that moment way more than I do.
I can tell you don’t want to live your life anymore thinking you have to put every funny thing your kids say on Facebook. Or tell the Facebook world what you are doing that day. There is something refreshing about enjoying the moment for what it is.
I can tell that you want to pass me by and keep walking…without having to resort to checking your e-mail or Facebook or read blogs etc.
You don’t need to give me up for Lent, you don’t need to keep me off for a whole day, you don’t need to erase your Facebook account. You just need to learn to set limits. You need to manage your time. You need to guard your schedule. You need to walk by me and say, “Not right now.”
The world is not going to end if you wait an extra day to respond to an e-mail. You’re not missing anything if you don’t log on to facebook for a day…even a whole weekend. As much as you have enjoyed blogging, your life is not going to fall apart if it becomes less of a priority.
Consider what you read recently in “7 An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess”
“I knew in the big scheme of things, a media fast is not headlining news, but I gotta tell you, we had to dig deep this last week. For me, it wasn’t so much the media I was missing but the knowledge that I was the only one missing it…But the wiser (read: smaller) part of my brain interrupted this pity party with a question: What are you really missing? Asinine television programming? Web sites that suck you in then waste your time? The Facebook knowledge that someone is ‘going to the store’ or her ‘son went big boy poopy in the big boy potty today?’ These don’t enrich my life in the slightest. They do, however, steal energy from my home and family, substituting face to face time with screens.” (115)
You are allowed to leave me behind for however long you need to so you can pursue the work that needs to be done or interact with the face to face relationships that are more important.
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