In 2009 I divorced my smartphone. It wasn’t a “smartphone” back then. It was a Blackberry.
I switched paths from busy, city girl to the simpler life and opted for my cute logger husband instead of the hustle-and-bustle and beep-beep-beep of the phone.
Plus, we were newlyweds and I no longer had a job – therefore, it wasn’t in the budget.
But, after a long and good separation – we recently reconciled.
And I would say we did more than reconcile, we fell back in love.
Recently, there have been more backlashes on technological advances and the growing attachment we have to these conveniences. Furthermore, the growing attachment we have to feel constantly connected.
While I believe that all to be true – I’m here to say that I am thankful for technology.
I love my smartphone and the cool changes he has made since we last were together.
I like that I can make a shopping list by scanning the barcode of the product (and I no longer forget my list at home).
I like that my daughters can Skype with their Grammie whenever and wherever and make her apart of what we are doing even though we live far apart.
I like that I can upload photos and videos quickly and share them with my family and friends.
I like that I can quickly find any verse in the Bible in any version.
And while there has to be a limit to working especially, I do like that I can respond to people instead of having to open my email box to find 40 new messages that all need attention.
And wow, I can get directions (because I always end up lost) without calling people and making them look at a map for me.
It is a pretty cool feeling swiping your fingers across that screen, having the world at your fingertips.
But do just that. Pick an hour of the evening or day that you simply turn your phone on silent or put it away.
Technology is a good thing, but all things in moderation, remember?
It is amazing what we can do now. And while the old way is sometimes better in certain situations, new has got my vote for the most part.
I’m thankful that I don’t have to cook on a wood stove.
I’m thankful that I have disposable diapers. Yes, I just said that. And not that I am against cloth diapers – I just choose disposable.
I love that I have a KitchenAid that can chop my potatoes and grate my cheese and a food processor that is just, well, wonderful.
I love that I can write, quickly, and then publish it on a blog to then share with the rest of the world in a matter of minutes.
Some things in life require effort. The easy way isn’t always the right way.
With everything, there needs to be limitations and a balance.
Nothing should take away from what really matters – relationships, your family.
But if your KitchenAid makes you grate cheese faster so you can sit longer at the table or if your smartphone makes it so you can involve your family in your children’s special moments or milestones – whatever it is, if you are saving time with technology and then using that saved time on the important things in life, I think you’ve got the right balance.
Let technology help you, not hurt you.