Tuesday, February 12, 2013

My Smartphone and Me

Posting a day late, due to travel...oh well. It's another Tuesday to link up with Holley Gerth as we pursue God-sized Dreams! Today's topic - what do I need to say 'no' to in order to say 'yes' to my dreams?

This morning, I should be waking up somewhere in the middle of the ocean. I had been planning to be squeezing in all the fun my girls want to try and tackle! And eating more ice cream than any one person should in a day! But instead I'm driving 700 miles back home.  And you know one thing I was really looking forward to on that cruise? That my phone wouldn't work way out there on the ocean.  And that makes me step back and wonder.

Smartphones are an amazing invention. Truly. The world at my fingertips - along with my music, phone, calendar, camera, pictures, endless entertainment apps - it truly is amazing. But sometimes it's hard to put down. To walk away from. The truth is, it steals a lot of my joy.  A lot of my time.  (And, yes, this is hard to commit to words right now.)   So when Holley asked, "what do you need to give up or say 'no' to, so that you have more time for you God-sized dream?" - I knew instantly, even as I didn't want to admit it, that I need to say 'no' to being on my phone so often and 'yes' to so many other things in my life.  This has been out of balance and I need to change it.  I was hoping a week away from my phone would jumpstart my endeavors to change this bad habit I've fallen into, but I guess I'll just have to use my own willpower!  After all, I really want to say yes to so many other things!!

Here's two articles I've recently read that spoke on this same thing: "Is technology stealing our human moments?" and "How to Miss a Childhood".

1 comment:

Mel said...

I was late to the smartphone party...I just joined y'all in December, but I agree...they are time-and-moment suckers. I have really been working on leaving my phone in another room for at least part of the day...amazing how it can start to become an extra limb. Thank you for the reminders...I so appreciate your heart. I really can't wait to meet you one day! :) GREAT post! (And thanks for posting those articles...that second one, wowza.)

I'm sorry about your trip but so glad you were able to rebook and can look forward to that adventure coming up soon! I can't help but think that God is going to bless you all, in some way, for having such a positive attitude and finding the bright side. :)

Blessings friend...keeping you in my prayers! Hugs :)