Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Unplugging.

As I stepped into the sewing/computer room and opened the laptop, my two year old stood at the gate [that stops her from wreaking havic with pins and fabric and the like] and cried "Noooo Mummy"!! I thought to myself, "oh gee that's not good", then I replied to her, "Mummy won't be long"... After a while she went away and became entranced watching ABC Kids... the clock ticked by and after a while she came back crying "Nooooo Mummy". An hour had passed. I closed the computer then hurried to slap something together for dinner before Swift Jim got home from work. A common crazy sequence of events in the afternoons at my place.

Then yesterday I recieved this months edition of Footprints Magazine. I read through a few articles before bed and was seriously challenged by Jo's article called Unplugging from Social Media, you can read her piece here on her blog . It really struck a chord with me and I could really relate to what she was talking about. I pondered it a little through out the day today and decided to thank Janet for this months edition of Footprints on her Facebook page. She kindly linked me to a couple of other blog posts in regards to unplugging including one of hers. You can read it here .

You know that lump in your throat when you just know what the right thing to do is? Well I have it now.
Facebook has become such a massive part of my life, all consuming! Why don't I hear from God more? Probably because I have silly status updates running through my head constantly. It's a big step. My biggest fear of unplugging is "being out of the loop". Ridiculous isn't it. I survived before FB, there is surely life after it.
And my real friends will still make an effort with me no matter what.

My children deserve a Mummy that is present- present, not present-absent, there but not really there.
I feel like I have wasted too much precious time. They are only little for such a small amount of time. God gave me three precious gifts. The least I can do is enjoy them and give them my best. Afterall, God gave me His best when he gave me Jesus.

I feel like I am about to jump out of plane. I'm Unplugging from Facebook.
{thank goodness I never started twitter}

6 comments:

Givinya De Elba said...

Hey wow, I wish you all the best in your unplugging. You have some lovely gifts there! Keep blogging from time to time though, okay? Let us know how you're going!

Jo Princess Warrior said...

I am so honoured that my journey and words have inspired this courageous step.

Saying Goodbye to Facebook was so hard for me, but what I have gained (and what my family has gained) is priceless.

I am not going to lie...it won't be easy. But you can do this. We have convinced ourselves that we are missing out if we aren't on FB...but what it costs our family at times is an absent-parent.

I applaud your step and am cheering you on.

Love,
Jo
xo

Lucy said...

Good on you Becky. I found the same problem with a certain parenting forum and have never regretted moving on! I try to have a "no computer while the kids are up / around" rule for myself now (not always successfully) but I find it helpful as a general plan.

x Lucy

Swift Jan said...

Thanks so much for the encouragement xo

Footprints Australia said...

Becky I love how obedient you are to the prompting of the Holy Spirit! It took me a month or two to finally take the plunge ... I was trying to ignore that still small voice. When I did deactivate, guess what? Life went on!

lots of love Janet xxx

Catherine said...

It sounds like a great thing to do Bec. I don't have facebook I figured that my blog takes up quite a bit of time so to through in facebook too, I don't think I'd get anything done. I hope the unplugging is going well and thank you for you well wishes on my blog too:) I hope that the new schooling year is a good one for all of you. Merry Christmas. x