Well, last week was a challenge. As I mentioned in another post over the weekend, I’m not really sure why it was so challenging, but it was.
So, how’s it going?
Well, I’d say that all the things I was going to get rid, such as the social media apps, of are going fine. The apps are still off my phone. So, naturally, I haven’t been on them nearly as much.
But…… I’m realizing exactly how addicted I was to them. Because I find myself jumping for the computer the second (and I mean, quite literally, the second) the kids are sleeping. Which, for the past week has been mostly just the evening, because not one or two, but all three of my children have decided that nap time need not exist for the sanity of their mother, which leads to things such as someone waking up at 11:00 and being up for an hour and a half…. or…. waking up at 4:30AM and deciding that it’s time to start the day…. But, I digress. I’ve noticed that I am addicted to social media. And I don’t like it. I don’t like feeling that pull of something. I love reading the blog posts that pop up in my feed, but I don’t get tons of actual enjoyment out of *being* on FB. I can just see the wasted time, going, going, poof. Gone! And I don’t enjoy that. Ironically, while I was thinking about this post, I realized that, this must be sort of what a recovering alcoholic (or any addict) must feel. It gives me a little more insight into how my husband must be feeling, to some degree.
But on the other hand, I have, dare I say it? almost found myself bored. Once I do the things that need to happen for the day. And once I’ve attempted a prayer time, or spent some time reading… I realize that I could actually start on one of the projects that I always put off because there’s never any time. I will reiterate what I said last week, it is totally scary how much time is eaten up by all those apps on the phone.
Checking email only once… not happening so much.
Only evening computer time… yes, but not because I really had much of a choice. The one time I did pop on the computer for a minute (to pay the mortgage mine you, not to check email or anything), Johnny fell down the basement stairs. He ended up only cutting his lip and scraping his chin, but from the way he was screaming and holding his hands over his mouth and the amount of blood….. Let me tell ya, I thought his teeth had gone through….. So, yeah, computer time AND kids awake = not good.
The part that’s really, really been hard is taking my limited kid-less time and devoting at least some of it to prayer. This is a really big struggle because I feel that the more time I spend praying the worse the day gets. We’ve finally made it to the point where I can read the morning readings, with the kids, say a few short prayers and the day doesn’t fall apart.
But if I sit down and have a few minutes of intense prayer and listening…. It feels that the days does a nosedive in super-fast mode. Prayers for that? Please?
Maybe that’s why this last week was so hard. I don’t know.
That’s enough for now. Hope everyone else is doing well in their unplugging. I haven’t had a chance to read all the posts linked up, but I hope to be able to at some point. Head over to CarrotsForMichaelmas to find more Advent Unplugged posts!
Have a blessed week all!