For those of you who just can’t help yourself, I assume you are reading this blog post from your computer, phone, tablet, or some sort of electronic device. And I challenge you to stop.
I challenge you to turn it off just for a moment and look around, take advantage of this free moment to see something you haven’t seen, to do something you haven’t “had time” to do.
For those of you who just have to keep reading, I completely understand.
I know we have all have seen those powerful ads about how our electronic devices, that are marketed to help us connect more, are in actuality disconnecting us. I looked around the other day as my family had the evening together. My husband was on his computer, I sat there playing Mahjong on my phone, and Gabriel was playing on his play mat with his toys. Sure we were in the same room, but we were disconnected from each other. We might as well have been in separate parts of the house. It was quite sad, to be honest. So my husband and I had a conversation about not using our electronic devices after a certain time in the evenings (unless necessary) to really invest in each other and our kids, our family. You see, we really don’t get that time back.
So what if instead of googling articles on how to better communicate with our spouses, we put the phone down and actually communicate with our spouses? What if instead of reading online forums about how to raise our children, we get off the computers and invest in our children, spend time with them, teach them, love them? What if instead of liking “feel good” stories on Facebook, we went out and created our own stories? What if instead of writing posts about social injustice issues, we log off and find a local nonprofit that addresses these issues we feel so passionate about, give our time, and help serve the cause? What if instead of pinning ideas and wishes to electronic pin boards, we take that time and actually be intentional about trying the creative ideas and recipes we like or going to see and experience the different cultures of the world on our “bucket list pin board”? What if we used our time intentionally, actively, and actually live and connect with others?
Don’t get me wrong…I’m definitely not against electronics. I’m thankful for Skype that allows me to talk to family, and thankful for email that allows me to reach out to someone I can’t call or visit. I am thankful for the resources we have at hand, when those resources don’t become a curtain to hide or cut us off from Life. We have all said at one point or another…”I just don’t have time”…or “someday”…but that moment is now!
So turn off that device, open your eyes to those around you, experience the world around you, and remember that Life Lived with others, is really Living.