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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Unfacebook & No Diet Coke

Okay so i know that Lent is a private thing but saying that, I want to share about my Lenten experience.  So, this year, I decided to fast cokes and facebook.  I love Diet Coke...I truly do and I look forward to Sonic's Happy Hour in a bad way.  I also love me some facebook. I realize that it is a HUGE time suck for me.  I stay way up in everybody's business and am addicted to checking into facebook multiple times a day.  When considering what to give up for Lent, facebook came to mind IMMEDIATELY and even when i tried to think of other things, facebook continued to stay at the forefront of my brain.  So, I went with it.  It has been really difficult for me.  The facebook has been harder than the diet coke.  I feel very disconnected from everyone which is pretty hard for me.  I'm a bit of a social-lite and way too nosy for my own good.  At the same time, I've found myself with more time to do other things and it has given me some perspective.  Facebook and other social media have become so vital and I'm not sure how I feel about that.  I check twitter (i did not give that up and do NOT check it nearly as often as I did FB) and there is so much superfluous info on there. Or even posts that give just enough info to make you wonder about the rest of the story, or a jab at someone in a passive aggressive way.  Do I really care that someone checked in on foursquare to 7 Eleven or Taco Bell or that you're mad at your friend? I truly don't.  And then it got me thinking, sometimes (lots of times), we tell too much of our business.  Maybe the rest of the world doesn't think this way, but don't tell me how busy you are because when I read your check-ins I see where your time is being spent and I get a little skeptical.  I'm just not sure I want that to be public knowledge.  It has definitely made me rethink my out there-ness.  Okay so that was a bit of a tangent.  Not facebooking has definitely freed up time to do other things.  I've found myself outside with my kiddos a lot more (without my phone or ipad).  I've found myself have more time to take care of things at home and stay more organized.  I've also found more time to read my Bible, which is a bit of a struggle for me.  So, it's been a good thing.  I'm actually going to try to continue to limit my time on facebook when Lent is over. That's how much Lent is going....anybody else find any insights from there Lenten experience?

1 comment:

Mama A said...

Girl.... I am going through the same thing with fb. I gave it up for lent & it has been really difficult! I wasn't even off for 12 hrs & a friend had a baby & another friend announced her pregnancy! Ugh!!! On one hand I feel so left out, but on the other hand I have felt SO FREE. I'm not sure what I'm going to do when Lent is over, but I sure am going to pray about it!!