I was without internet service for a few days at my house, and I came to realize something. I didn’t miss it as much as I thought I would. I guess I didn’t realize how much time I actually waste just sitting around perusing the web until I didn’t have it and found a whole lot more free time in my world. I know I have a tendency to run and hide when I get angry or upset or sad, but I’m starting to think I spend more of my time hiding than I ever noticed before. I just do it in a different way. I cultivate many friendships with people online, but frequently avoid real-life human contact. I wonder how many other people find themselves in this situation. How many of us run for the shelter of our home and our computer.
My friends over at Basics Matter are trying to bring back the front porch days. You remember, when there was no internet and not enough tv channels to matter and hardly any air conditioning so most people sat out on their front porches. It was normal for neighbors to congregate on this porch or that one and have actual conversations with other people. Since I’ve been without internet, I’ve spent more time talking to people at church, been over to my neighbor’s house and have a most pleasant conversation, and even done more creating than usual. Maybe I really need to re-think my internet usage. Do you have any distractions that are so much a part of your life that you haven’t noticed they are taking up more time than real people are? Take steps today to rediscover some front porch conversations. It’ll be a refreshing change.