It has been a slow week online. You must all be away, sick or too tired to take a peek at your regular blog feeds. Simultaneously I have had another week of FDS – I call it Facebook Deactivation Syndrome. Do you ever feel consumed by the online world? The pull of a status update and then I open up Facebook and am very disappointed. And now I want to unplug.
So I am looking for the new thing, better thing, a new buzz. Should I get more into Twitter and control the content that comes my way? Should I launch a new writing project.
If I spent less time online meandering about maybe I would have time to:
*meditate and pray
* call a friend
* organise my wardrobe
* write a letter
* read a good novel
* listen to some great music
* take a walk in the rain
* look into my partners eyes
* thank God for my kids
* paint my nails
*cook a meal for a family in need
*organise my email inbox
and…….time to really notice what is going on in my life.
SO maybe this is an EDIT of all things online, for a time, maybe….what do you think?
Ever thought of giving up Facebook? I have had different ideas about Facebook over the last few years – see here and here. In this article from The Age (15/7/13) Neha Prakash offers 8 valid reasons for considering unplugging and disconnecting. I wonder if it may be the internal, subconscious motivations of our heart that allow us to continue using Facebook, unalarmed or uncritical of the real impact it is having on our life. But if we are being honest, the motivation to deactivate your Facebook account is strong.
Some of the stand out ideas include:
On average, women spent 81 minutes per day Facebooking, and men spent 64 minutes.
Facebook is like a credit card – it encourages you to overspend in time you may not have.
Facebook users, especially females, feel more body conscious by looking at friends’ online photos.
Facebook envy also bolsters gossip and online bullying, which can only make those involved feel worse.
So this week, at the start of a new school term it seems pertinent that I review and perhaps EDIT my online interactions. EDIT – how I use Facebook.
Edit Sugar. And here is an attempt at some sugar free goodness -well no additional white processed sugar! These little treasures are still warm as I write this and they are delicious. You can almost make them one handed. I will share the basic steps with you and maybe you can adjust the quantities – if you can cook by look and feel you will be fine.
Put 1 1/2 cups of dates into a bowl, covered with water and microwave for 2-3 minutes. Give the dates a quick blitz in a the food processor with more water (hot) and a teaspoon of bi carb soda. In a mixing bowl add 1 cup quick oats, 1 cup plain flour, some LSA mix (linseed, sunflower, almond), desiccated coconut and a handful of roughly chopped walnuts. Add the date mixture to the dry ingredients and mix, adding to eggs and combine well. If it is too wet or dray, adjust accordingly. Feel and taste as you go. Place mixture in a lined, greased slice tin and bake on 180 degrees C for 25 minutes. Cut while still warm.
These treats are slightly softer then the original Anzac slice, but they have no butter or white/brown sugar or golden syrup. So that has to be good.
This week I am trying to EDIT processed sugar from our diets, again. I have read more about the effects of sugar since my initial foray into a world without sweetness. And I have witnessed sugar induced hyperactivity. It is hard work and I may give up or give into major modifications. Have you tried to quit sugar – for the whole family?
You may recall my resolution here not to buy magazines this year. As I scanned the magazines in the supermarket aisle recently I was challenged again and resolute to hold on to this edit. The latest Real Living magazine has finally given voice to all those suggestions, ideas, prompts that I get when I am actively engaged in reading design and home mags. Decor Lust.
Usually the mags tell us how to de-clutter, restore, renovate, renew and make great claims to life changing goodness. But here on the front cover we are told we will want to lust. We will have an uncontrolled and insatiable desire for…..a new sofa, lamp, flooring or designer vase. I suggest the lure will be subtle, your wants will convert to needs as you flick through the pages and before you know it you will have made an online purchase, watched several items on e-bay or gone out and bought it. What do you think? Do you decor lust? Edit it. Today.
Give thanks for a clean home. For space, for shelter, warmth and for the welcome you are able to offer family and friends. May they desire welcome, connection, community and Him through your home.