Since the start of this Master Key Mastermind Alliance course, I have been repeatedly aware of the amount of time spent on electronic devices. Phones, iPads, Computers, Televisions, etc…they are not “evil” but neither are they “good”. They are devices created to keep us connected to everyone; to make our lives easier and more efficient; to allow us to do things faster and better.
I truly have a LOVE/HATE relationship with my phone, iPad, computer and television. While there are so many good things I use them for, I am always tethered to one or more of them. I have often said I would close my Facebook page if I wasn’t running a business using it. Standing in the grocery line, I grab my phone and sift through emails. Waiting for the gas to finish pumping I scroll through Facebook. Sitting in my office, I spend ALL DAY on the computer while keeping up with text messages and the like. It’s constant!
I became acutely aware of the amount of time I spend on these items, thanks to my son. The first thing he says when getting in the car is usually “can I see your phone?” The other day was not different, he asked the famous question. Being that great mom that I am, my response was “you don’t always have to be doing something.” And an alarm went off in my head. DING! DING! DING! Where does he get that need to be constantly doing something??? FROM ME! He sees me always fiddling with something, usually electronic. He sees me fast forward through commercials on the DVR. He sees me walk in the door and turn on the television. He sees me get in the car and immediately press PLAY on my audio book that plays through my Bluetooth system. He sees me! So, who am I to say he doesn’t always have to be doing something???
Distractions abound in my world. They have really kept me from focusing 100% since Christmas, on this MKMMA stuff. Technology is a great thing…but it’s a curse too. A double edged sword if you will. The same electronic devices that make my life easier, more efficient and connected also keep me from focusing on that which truly matters. And the thing is…I don’t even realize I’m so distracted. It is habit for me. I will be scrolling Facebook for 10 minutes before I even realize I’m doing it! While typing this entry, I heard my text message alert. What did I do? Stop typing, pick up the phone and read the message, of course. (sigh) Is there any hope for me to be rehabbed?
So, how does all of this play into my MKMMA journey? It’s a reminder of how entrenched my old blueprint is. It’s a reminder that I am still, 20 weeks later, in a battle to get rid of the old and replace it with new habits. It’s a reminder that my choices are affecting my son. It’s a reminder that I need to be focusing on what is truly important; time with him and renewing my mind. Email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blogs…all of it overwhelms me. But I continue to allow myself to be tethered.
Maybe I will implement a one day fast from all things electronic. But, let me see what’s happening on Facebook first.
—til next time.