8.13.2012

Almost Amish: Chapter Two




Technology serves as a tool and does not rule as a master.

I knew this chapter was going to hit home for me. So bear with me on this one..it might be lengthy!
Take into consideration that I am talking about me and my utter failures with technology. I don't know how much time you spend in front of this screen...but I do know how much time I do and that is all I can speak for..so please don't hate me if I hit a few touchy subjects.






This first thing Nancy talks about is two types of people:
List makers
Non list makers

I am so...so ...so a list maker. I make lists for everything.
Grocery lists
To do lists
Blog lists
Craft lists
To buy lists
List for the future
Cleaning lists


I am big into lists!

She made a list of things she loves and hates about technology...and they were exactly the same. So while technology can be a great tool...We need to harness it and not let it take over so much time in our lives. Now ..I am by no means getting on a soap box...because I am tremendously guilty of that myself..hence the pile of laundry sitting next to me in the floor.

Just sitting here thinking of the websites I love to visit daily is overwhelming. I have a list of favorites that is probably a mile long!

We all know the Amish are famously known for NOT having Internet. I challenge you and myself to set a timer by your computer or use this viciously cute one and see how fast an hour goes by while your surfing, pinning, tweeting, posting, or facebooking.

Ha! Believe me..it goes by SUPER fast!

The Amish are onto something..that hour spent in front of a screen..could have been an hour walking with my daughter, organizing a closet, finding a new recipe...etc.

No cable TV means less time devoted to empty pursuits.

So true..while we are watching TV..nothing is getting done. Then you have to think..is what you are watching on TV God-worthy? Should you be watching....in front of your children? I was very convicted when I was watching a Real Housewives of ..whatever city..I love them all!! ..and of course all of them are arguing...then I find myself getting onto my daughter for backtalking me and slamming a door. Hmm? Wonder where she picked that up from?

One of my fave TV shows is Big Brother..which is on now..so there is NO way we are giving up cable..unless times get hard..which is a possibility..plus football season is coming up so my husband would sell a kidney to keep our cable on! Seriously.

Watching Big Brother..where there are a group of people living in a house with cameras all around them..got me thinking if we aren't all living in a Big Brother world. We have Google Earth and satellites that take pictures.

Have you noticed that when you post on Facebook that the ads on the right side of your screen somehow coincide with your latest post?
Weird.

The moment we post, tweet, or surf..we are letting go a little bit more of our own privacy. On my blog I have Googly Analytic..I know how many people look at this site..from where in the world they are and on what device they used to see it. Scary!

I love that Nancy mentioned that we have "iGods"
I kind of agree with that.
Is that what my computer is to me?
a man made God

Do we sit down to worship at its altar more than we sit down to worship our God in his Word or by praying? That is a scary thought to me..probably because it is hitting kinda close to home.
How are we supposed to know what God wants for our lives...or how he plans on finishing the work he started in us...if we are to busy multi-tasking to sit and listen...to just be a Human...Being...instead of a Human ...Doing!

No wonder we see more ADD now a days...Goodness Gracious..sometimes I feel like I have ADD because my mind is always going..hence the lists. I am not an expert on ADD nor do I know what it feels like to have it...but Oh My Word...I could not imagine! If the way my mind feels doesn't have ADD..then I can't imagine what a child's mind goes through if they have it.

All the things we have now to keep our minds busy....How in the world would expect a child to sit still and listen at school? And now..our schools are adopting the technology..which is definitely what they needed to do to get the kids to sit and listen...because just hearing an adult talk..does no good if you aren't a video game or dressed in costume being crazy.

I'm not saying NO TV!
NO VIDEO GAMES!
ONLY BOOKS!!!!

But I am saying
LESS TV
LESS VIDEO GAMES
MORE BOOKS...MORE PLAYING OUTSIDE....MORE IMAGINATIVE TOYS!
at least at my house

The same goes for me...
Less TV for me...
more sitting in the chair reading a chapter book with Lyla

Less computer for me
more sidewalk chalk on the driveway





I gotta tip my hat to Rachel over at Crimson to Wool..She was one of those who had a blog..had TONS of followers...did the whole conference and stuff...she was famous in the blogging world. I read her blog all the time...but one day she decided that she needed to step back.
So she quit.
Quit blogging
Quit Facebook
Quit it all...
wow!

Number one:
How strong and awesome it is to step back and say, "I'm done!"
and to know yourself enough to know that it is time to take a techno break.

Number two:
How scary it is to have built your blog up to that status level...and just leave it!
But are we taking our blogs and words with us to Heaven?
I'm pretty sure I'll be speechless when I get there...

But now that she has come back to the blogging world...I can tell a difference in her writing. She writes for a purpose...You can "hear" her in the words on screen.

It is hard ..now that "everyone is doing it" to take that step back. We all get caught up in "being in the know" ...that's borderline gossip. We don't always have to know what each other is doing at all times.

I remember being so mad when I would call my friend and her phone was busy. So I had to ride my bike up there to talk to her...because I knew she was home because she was on her phone. When is the last time you got a busy signal? Ha Ha! When is the last time you just went to someones house...without calling the home, cell and texting them to see if they are home so you don't waste your time?

Just Go!
If they aren't home..leave them a note saying you stopped by.
It will mean something!

In this world..I am teaching my daughter that it is not good manners to have your cell phone out during dinner....to not text while driving or talking. Oh how I long to just teach her to say "Yes ma'am"and use "Please and Thank You"
That is crazy! No sane person would disagree with that!

Yet I have an iPhone that makes social networking and the Internet..readily available to me at any time. Pitiful! It might sound hypocritical of me to be posting this post while I have a Facebook account, I blog, I have an iPhone..but please remember..that this is hitting home for ME...I am not just preaching at you all out there...this is me taking an inner look into our lives at our Home and seeing some major and subtle changes that I can make. There is a statement that really hit my heart in this chapter:

"(Technology isn't) bad...but not necessary. And not centered on anyone but myself"

Ouch!

I struggle with the fact that I let her play on my iPhone during church. (Which is about to stop) We will take toys...which we do...to play with ..but somehow we always get back to the convenience of the iPhone. If she is sucked into technology..she isn't hearing the preacher preach. I know she is only four..and she will not understand half of what the preacher says but it will be in her little brain and will come out eventually.

One night when we were saying our prayers..she prayed for our government
Which directly comes from our pastor telling us to pray for our government...so even though she is playing and not paying attention...she is hearing a few bits and pieces.

Sometimes I get picked at for making my child be quiet while two adults are talking. But that is something that I will stand by. She knows that if it is an emergency...like she has to potty or hurting..etc...then interrupt. But if I am talking to another adult..she is to wait her turn and not interrupt. I think that teaches her manners...respect for adults...and it keeps this world ran by adults..not the children.

"Social media is quickly become unsocial means of communication"

Isn't communication a mean of being social? hmm?
Social: seeking or enjoying the companionship of others;
Companionship isn't an emoticon :)


I know this was very LONG...and I am so sorry..but I warned that when I am passionate about something...it all just spills out!

 Next chapter is over Finances..that one might hurt a little too!

These first two chapters weren't long at all..or they didn't seem long to me...so feel free to join in anytime!! I would love to hear what others think...
and don't forget to stop by Rachel's blog at Crimson to Wool to see hers and others thoughts on this chapter.


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