This morning I got up bright and early to go to the gym. Just as I was getting out of my car I reached for my pocket and **GASP** it was empty. I checked my other pocket, the car seat, and even that weird middle section between the seats… I left my phone at home.
The questions raced through my mind: “Should I go back for it? Can I power through it and just work out anyway? How will I update my Twitter and Facebook status to let the world know I’m kicking butt at the gym?! There’s no way I’ll be able to post a picture of the elliptical display screen to show my Instagram followers I burned 433 calories!!! And how about my music?! Heavens, I hadn’t even considered my music! How can I even break a sweat without my Gymtastic-Get-You-Pumped Playlist?! GAH!!!!!”
I ended up not going back for it. That was the longest 30 minute workout of my life! Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but please tell me I’m not the only one who freaks out when I’m “stranded” without my phone.
Our technology helps us stay connected with people from around the world, but is it really helping us engage with our world? Have we forgotten how to live in the real world without the help of these devices? How long can you go without glancing at a computer or phone screen? Do you ever sit at the dinner table and just browse through your feeds instead of having a meaningful conversation with those around you?
I’m going to try something daring this year. I’m going to join the 2013 Thanksgiving Fast! And no, I’m not going to abstain from eating any of my mom’s delicious turkey, or hold back on the apple pie. That’s just plain crazy.
The Thanksgiving Fast is about turning off your electronic devices and spending some distraction-free time with your family!
And yes that includes not posting pictures of your food on Instagram. Imagine the possibilities! Sitting around the dinner table, interacting with family, enjoying the fall crisp weather and not feel compelled to post about it. Let’s totally take advantage of this Thanksgiving and spend it with those nearest to us, have meaningful conversations, thanking God for all His blessings, and eating some delicious turkey!
This Thanksgiving make a commitment to turn off your electronic devices. Join the Facebook Event and Invite your friends!