I’ve shared before how taking part in a traditional Shabbot observance in Israel was a life changing event for me. It was during that time that I came to the realization that we are too busy and too distracted. We are going, going, going. As someone who spends a good portion of her life online, whether through blogging or social media, sometimes technology can begin to dominate my life. I find myself constantly checking my email, my social media accounts, the news, the weather, my Words with Friends game, you get the picture.
Someone who read a recent blog post of mine shared this video with me. I watched it and it brought tears to my eyes. I urge you to take a few moments to watch this beautiful, powerful message. Although the video was made to encourage Shabbot and the observance of it, you don’t have to be Jewish to understand the meaning behind it or realize the power in unplugging and spending quality time with your family and faith.
Is this a common occurrence in your life too? Do you find that technology often distracts you from the important things in life? I remember when I was in elementary school, every year we would have a “TV Turn Around” week where students were encourage to spend the whole week without television. I remember it was always hard at first, but by the end of the week I’d discovered a lot of other ways to entertain myself. And it was refreshing!
I’m as grateful for modern technology as the next person, trust me. But, as someone who has experienced the joy of unplugging for 24 hours, once a week, I urge you to make the decision to disconnect, every week. Sure, answer your phone if it’s an emergency, but otherwise, put it on vibrate and forget about it for a time. Make family a priority. Make faith a priority. Speak and interact with the people directly in front of you instead of those on a screen. Invest in the relationships closest to you. You won’t regret it!