Making Time For Humanity
Okay, so I think it’s time to point out the elephant in the room. Ironic because I’m talking about what you’re doing right at this moment and what I rely upon for a living.
That big elephant is electronics and technology. We have learned how to use technology in our everyday lives, now how do we learn to put them down?
Nowadays everything is just a click away. The news, our friends, movies, music, and endless other possibilities for entertainment.
You get on your phone, just to check your messages and end up spending 2 hours on facebook! (Come on now… I know it’s not just me) Then we spend another hour checking our emails yada yada… That leads you to an interesting article on Pinterest and WOW! Pinterest is so cool! How come no one told me about this?! So, you spend the next 3 hours on there checking out every “Do it yourself” project thought to man.
Where Did the Time Go?
Next thing you know you just spent 6 hours of your day virtually doing nothing. No joke. It just flew right by. Sure, it was pretty entertaining and maybe you got some cool ideas for that garden you’ve always wanted but how likely is it that you’re actually going to end up building it rather than getting on your phone again. (Geeze, that was a mouthful of a sentence!)
This is only a small part of the problem, in some ways technology has given us the opportunities to do and learn things like never before and it’s amazing! It truly is… but when do you put it down and learn how to do things with your hands? When do you invite friends over for a bbq and instead of everyone standing around on their phones,( long draw on phones) everyone plays horseshoes, and badminton? Haha, yeah, remember that ancient stuff. Sports.
Remembering What Really Matters
When did you last participate in teaching the children some kind of sport? Real, genuine, family time together. Many of us have become guilty of not paying enough attention to our children. (I’m shyly raising my hand here.) We leave it to technology to take care of them. Plop them down in front of a movie because we just have to check our Facebook for the upteenth time today because OMG, have you seen Becky’s butt? (She’s been working out.) And then kiddo is vying for attention and we get mad… but for what? So we can keep up to date on some mindless posts?
I’m saying this because I had begun to fall into this slope and I’ve been seeing it more and more often. People with their face buried in their phones ignoring our beautiful children and even sometimes becoming angry with them because they want our attention.
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Balancing Our Attention
Our children need us, these are precious moments we can’t get back. Yes, you need time too and it’s not wrong to spend time doing something you like… So schedule out a time limit of the day for yourself, but be sure to spend the rest of the day doing what matters.
Read a book with your kid, and yes an actual paper, flip the page’s type of a book. Show them how to knit or throw a ball. Create a garden. Do things that at the end of the day you can look at and be proud.
Not only is time with our children fleeting, but our parents, siblings, and spouses need our love and attention also. Even Lassie, giving you her dear sweet puppy dog look. Not a text but us literally looking them in the eyes and participating in a real conversation. Hugs, kisses, laughter and all that smoochy shmoo.
Love is all you need
Stop wasting time on fleeting moments of entertainment. Once again, I’m not saying it’s wrong to take a little time to play sometimes. Please do, just don’t get lost in it is all.
Spend time with your family that’s in front of you. Turn off all phones, TVs, etc and learn together. Teach together and get to really know one another. And please do not get frustrated and treat any living being with less respect over an electronic. There is nothing more important than the living soul! You never know which day could be someone’s last.
We are beginning to lose our humanity and it’s about time we get it back! Be nice to each other, love each other and spend time with your family. Love you guys, I hope you’re enjoying life to the fullest!