I didn’t turn my computer on until 5:30 pm today! I’m guessing if you’re reading my blog that that might be as revolutionary a concept to you as it was to me, but it needed to be done. It probably needs to be done more often.
By about 11 AM, I was itching to check my e-mail, my Facebook, my bloglines… my world! But the girls and I were deeply involved in a craft project (thanks, Megan… if only I had a blog to link to here…), and I decided to stick it out and see how long I could last. Remarkably, by about 4 PM, I didn’t really want to switch on as much anymore. The worst of the withdrawal was behind me, and the cravings had died down. I had enjoyed a fabulous day with my girls, and finished (with their help) one and a half of these little cutie pies.
Despite the extra hour or more that being unplugged afforded me, I still didn’t get done everything I wanted to today. We’re still tying up loose ends in school from Thanksgiving week and it seems like we may never get totally caught up, but today I finished the day with sense that I had chosen what was better. I chose to be Mary rather than Martha (oh, let’s face it, I don’t even chose to be Martha most of the time!) I was intensely involved with my children just about all day long, and it was a rich, lovely, blessed day. (Sadly, I totally flaked out tonight on offering my husband the same undivided attention. A lot happens in cyberspace when a girl doesn’t turn her computer on all day! So sorry, though.)
Today’s impromptu partial media fast came on the heels of a wonderful, nearly computer-free weekend with dear friends. I don’t want to minimalize the blessings of being able to keep in touch and even get reacquainted with people electronically. There is certainly a place for it! But there’s just nothing like being in the presence of dearly loved, too-often-distant friends. What a sweet, busy, unexpectedly wintery (thanks again, Nancy, for the loan of the snow clothes!), fabulous weekend we all had!