Tuesday, July 12, 2011

On Unplugging, Balance and that "M" Word

Not that "M" word.


So, I re-read my post from yesterday. I was all over the place!

I also received quite the response! I so appreciate the wisdom I receive through your comments. 

Some of you have been without TV for awhile.
Some of you just recently unplugged
A couple of you were inspired by my words to unplug.

I hope that those of you in the last group don't hate me for that decision later. Ha!

There's something in that post I feel the need to address, or maybe confess (?).

I think I came across a little:
I'm better than you, because I don't have cable, and we don't let our girls watch television.
Eeks! If it read that way to you, I never intended it that way.

One of the first comments I received was about all things in moderation. I actually got quite a few of those.

So true.

I definitely make love to drink my coffee and check my email in the mornings. My daughters play quietly, and read stories. It eases us all into the day. It's not all about them all the time. They know that. Balance. Moderation.

What I need to change and what I poorly communicated, is that I have a tendency to let this get out of whack.

I check my email/facebook multiple times a day. I love seeing comments from my fellow bloggers (who doesn't love comments?!) But, as I do all of this, I sometimes neglect mama-ing. I teach those girls that I need technology constantly. I think that is unhealthy--for me, for us. Moderation. Balance.

That is what I was trying to say, and so poorly worded, perhaps.

The other point, I was trying to weave into all of this is, best said with someone else's words:
The careful balance between silence and words, withdrawal and involvement, distance and closeness, solitude and community, forms the basis for the Christian life and should therefore be the subject of our most personal attention. ~Henri Nouwen  
Peace to all of you today.


Once Upon A Time said...

Moderation is good.

We unplugged last summer for a little bit, with the intention of canceling cable and only keeping the primary channels. We did not know that we would get zero channels, so we recconnected. However, our policy is no tv during kids awake time (unless watching Baby Signing Time or checking the weather). My policy is next to no computer time during kids awake time as well. It works for us. Kudos to you for making a change to somethat that sounds like it will work better for you. :)

Deidra said...

Moderation is indeed a heavy word and one that needs to be applied to everything. Too much of anything can be bad, even if it originally started out as good.

Tara G. said...

I saw your comment on Sandy's blog and popped over; haven't read your other post but I'm going to throw two titles out that the Lord has used in my life concerning "balance." Russ Crosson- A Life Well Spent and Margin by Dr. Swenson.

Sara said...

So true, Julia. I understand the desire to be typing away. Since I have created my feeble little blog, I will think of something and want to start writing right away. Like you, I made a "rule" for myself to only be on the laptop during naptime - not only to engage with our boy but also to get the things I need to be doing done!

lifeasdescribed said...

Moderation is SOO important. When my life's not in balance, I can FEEL it. It's crazy. I have to stop sometimes and take a step back to see what is out of whack and then revise the way things are done. It's hard sometimes to coordinate that as a family, but we try our best. It's funny that you should write this when you did. My husband and I, just days ago, said that we'd love to cancel our internet at home if we could {but we can't because he works from home and has to have it to do so}. I feel that little good comes from the habit that the internet can create. Instead of not letting it in our home, we've had to change up how we interact with it. I have a personal rule now that I try to abide by which is no internet unless the kids are sleeping. It helps me not get distracted so that I can get more done and spend more time with the kids. Working wonderfully so far!

Thank you for being an encouragement to me to stick with it and that it really is worth it to be disciplined!