I have joined Sarah Mae's Unwired Mom 2 Week Challenge. While I don't feel addicted to the internet, I have jumped down the "rabbit hole" and watched 5 minutes turn into an hour or more. I want my children to have memories of me interacting with them - not seeing me hunched over a laptop or racing to answer a text.
When I worked outside the home, I was tethered to my work phone - 24 hours a day. I really noticed the impact after I was done working. I no longer needed to be tethered to my phone and I had the luxury of answering calls and messages as desired. But it took my family over 6 months to get used to this new found freedom. The phone would "beep" and one of my children would go running for my phone and rush it to me - "here Mommy!" I felt so sad, and a little angry. What had I done to them? What was I teaching them?
Fast forward a year or two, and they have calmed down on the phone. But now there is the internet and Facebook - good tools if used wisely. A plethera of information is literally at our fingertips - recipes, crafts, birthday ideas, answers to questions.... But do I really need to know what Susy fed her cat for dinner? (Okay, I am exaggerating here....slightly) There is SO MUCH information it can quickly become TMI - TOO MUCH INFORMATION - and overwhelm and muddle our minds with needless input.
Over the past few weeks I have been sensing the need to stream line and guard more carefully what information "goes in". The Holy Spirit knows exactly what I need to know. If I will listen, He is always faithful to guide and help me (and you). I am reminded to go to Him first, not the internet where I can easily slip down into that rabbit hole and emerge an hour later thinking "where did I just go?"
When I saw Sarah Mae's challenge, I jumped in. I think my children will enjoy this challenge with me. And what a great way to gear up for the new school year - spending 2 weeks practicing being present with my most cherished blessings - creating a new habit of enjoying the moment WITH them.
So, ready or not, here I go!