My Tech-Minimized/Old Fashioned Life

My goal is not necessarily to be in the dark ages with no electricity at all (actually, I would probably do fine with that), but I have a goad to minimize tech and it’s over-reach in my life. I do not believe a high-tech life makes anyone’s life better. May make it more convenient or more comfortable. May promote laziness and kill traditional store fronts over time that cannot compete with prices with littleoverhead. May be a tool of greedy people to gain power. So many options, but rarely does it make life or social interactions better. Often, it is quite a bit worse. And I do not like who I am with a phone in front of me all the time. Best thing I ever did was get off all anti-social media and minimize tech in my life. I do not auto-pay any bills. I do not have many online accounts at all. I am old fashioned by choice and love it. My kids love it. My husband loves it. I get things done. My house is clean and organized. My kids and I converse eye to eye, face to face. It is amazing how much better behaved my kids are when they know they have my attention. Yes, I have to call people to find somethings out that people foolishly only post on Facebook which I have no access to, but when the right people know I am not on social media, they call me or text (because most people do not people anymore) and I find out what is important and beautifully ignore what is not. Life has enough distractions. And I sincerely feel I have a close relationship to God because I am not on antisocial media or unnecessary tech. It was hard to find time before because extra time was taken being anti-social. Without that, I have time to be vailable and be still with God and read my Bible and it is so very cool! That is the best thing of all. Praise God for releasing me from that horrible addiction. 1 year sober now! Woo hoo!😄❤

Facebook God

If you spend more time on Facebook and other social media and tech and games than you spend on God and loving and/or serving people, Facebook has become your god. And that is serious. I am proof you live happier and better and in obedience free of social media. I was addicted and it had become my idol and now I am free of it. I only blog for ministry and check my email and that is it for tech in my life. I want no more of it. I want God to be God in my life. I do not want Him to return and not be ready or worse, to have an idol of social media in place of Him. God deserves so much better; in fact, He deserves everything.❤

Too Social for Anti-social Media

I love conversations involving looking people in the eye, talking deeply, spiritual discussions, deep talk not small talk, coffee and eye contact, touching. This is me. I love cooking well and always have something ready for anyone who drops by for a visit. Of course that rarely happens anymore because most people can’t put down the tech. They are so busy being anti-social on social media that they have no time or energy for the real world or real people. They are zombies. They are robots, focusing on themselves and this alternate reality where we allow people to see our best and skirt around the less appetizing stuff, our fantasy world of me, exactly what the enemy wants and with the bonus of knowing exact locations and coordinates. God freed me from those tech games and addictions so prevalent now. People say to check out their Facebook whatever and I say gladly that I am not on that or twitter or Instagram or linked in or Google plus or anything. I blog on here (wordpress) because God wants me to and I am a prolific writer/reader. And they always seem horrified or wonder if I am secretly 90 years old and tech-dumb. I am old fashioned, I guess, but I like to give friends my full attention and speak fully to them when we talk. I believe people deserve that respect and I know I do too. So I see less of people than I used to, what with this new anti-social social-numbing craze in full swing, but those I do see have my full attention. And my children appreciate my presence also. I serve God not me, and I really really like it that way. I feel liberated, free. ❤

Looking for People

I am not on facebook. I was and wasted a heck of a lot of time on it pretending to be social but only writing, never saying or hearing an audible word from people, never making eye contact with them, never touching their skin. I still miss the thought of being “in touch” with them but once getting off of it realized it was just the thought I had to begin with. Knowing the events of a person’s life is in no shape the full picture of that person. Seeing pictures tells only part of the story. And I had shared my number before getting off of it and not one person from it except my best friend, one good friend and family has called since I’ve been off. No calls even when I was on, truth be told. It is this false notion of connectedness in an addictive need to know formula. And that is dangerous. One has a sense of urgent dependency to be on tech to feel connected but it is a false sense of connection. My husband got back on just to wish his daughter a happy birthday, as apparently she cannot communicate any other way. Now that he told her, he is getting off again. So, I was looking up a few friends from my past and they only jumped up in searches on facebook, maybe on Instagram too and nothing about real life. And it brought them right up so good people or bad people would know where they were, what they were doing, see their pictures, etc. That is pretty scary to me, maybe I am cautious. But being off facebook, evidently I am weird again and out of the loop and old fashioned and definitely out of people’s thoughts and minds and realm of communication. So, I draw closer still to God who loves me and my little family and take comfort that God is always with me, even on lonely night after lonely night and days of family and band family that are still around and maybe a friend now and then. And I am content, don’t get me wrong, but I miss days of calling someone up on a phone that doesn’t play a role in cancer and just talk or meet in person. Ooo, ah. What would it be like if neighbors still visited each other. What would happen if people actually still had and practiced real social skills? Who knew technology would kill real committed human connections. Amazing. So glad I have God or I would be extremely lonely in this world. I am so blessed. ❤

Satirical Distractions

I am sarcastic. And contrary to who might believe differently, I am very intelligent in a lot of areas. No one is intelligent in every area. Lol And I love satire. It makes me think while making me laugh, the absolute best combo to me in a man, in words, in pictures or movies, whatever. So stumbling upon Babylon Bee, I started appreciating their satire on some of the unacknowledged (within the church) flaws of the church. And I love Calvin & Hobbs for the he same reason, speaking of life and humanity. Far Side had some good stuff, you get my point. But it is ironic that as one walks around right now, it is strongly as the he hough we are walking around in a satire. And I only realize this because of following a strong conviction to stop wasting valuable time on anti-social media and start living life fuller, making eye contact when speaking, no tech during conversations or at dinner anywhere, etc. And I, waking up from the fog I had not realized I was accustomed to, looked around and saw zombies. People giving likes, sharing how amazing they are to the universe, communicating without saying one word of substance or complete truth or actually talking. They were glued to their anti-social media addiction during dinner out, walking together, on dates (every one would be a first and last date lol), not making eye contact, avoiding a real conversation, etc. Noone touched, no one acknowledged a human around them. It was like a satire of what life would be like if zombies did invade and then started liking our tech and using it. And I guess if I were trying to keep people distracted from the truth that would be an invaluable tool. Get them hooked on themselves and feeling like they are doing something worthwhile while quite the opposite is true. And so many words that so not mean exactly what was understood leave one wondering if truth matters to anyone anymore or just perceived truth. Anyway, got me thinking and thankful God helped me to quit my anti-social media addiction and wake up to His absolute truth. How much richer my life is with Him and with truth! I am free! I can be fully doing what I am supposed to be doing. It is beautiful!!! And my kids are so much happier and laughter filled now too. Truly beautiful! I am thankful! ❤