The gadgets that have made our lives easier have also made it easier to waste time. The social media pages that help us keep in touch, keep us out of touch with life right in front of us.
I write this after playing five games of spider solitaire. Five games, y'all. It's difficult losing, in fact I will redo and redo until I work out a winning scenario.
Some would call that cheating, but in my fuzzy world it's finding a way to get to the finish line. I love a completed game. The fireworks that go off on the screen mirror my joy.
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Then there are those crazy "word" games that tend to gobble up my free moments.
While sitting waiting for an appointment, a commercial to end, or any other excuse to be found, I am playing one of my 20-plus friends. It's all in the name of exercising my brain.
Competitive to the end, I must play till I can beat the most skilled player at least once.
Here's another thing to be justified in the name of concern for my fellow friends; social media pages.
If I'm feeling bored, curious or simply wanting to feel connected, I reach for the app that holds my many friends' lives on its pages. I can stalk, I can pray with, and I can laugh or cry with all my buddies some I didn't even know until recently. Now, I find myself calling everyone by his or her first, middle, maiden and married name.
All these time gobblers eat away at my good intentions of getting the closets cleaned, spider webs down, lawn work done, cards written or just conversing with the person in the room. Amazing!
I know it's not only me. It's rare not to see someone in a restaurant ignoring their table partner for the phone partner or a child grabbing at an otherwise occupied parent who's tied up with one of his or her devices.
It became very obvious my media moments were distracting when my sweet husband texted me to tell me something. We were in the same room, sitting on the same couch.
He had a boyish smirk on his face, but all the same I got the point.
That'll preach, y'all. There may be an app for everything, but we need to (I need to) put down the phone, the notebook or the computer and engage in the real world happening within my walls. It seems that we do anything to keep from doing the real-world stuff.
How do we grow in a relationship if we choose not to have one face to face, eye to eye and real live communication.
That goes for my time especially with the Lord. My backporch conversations with Him and my Bible open is life to this ol' gal. Psalms 119: "I rise before the dawning of the morning, And cry for help; I hope in Your word. My eyes are awake through the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word."
Time's a'wasting. Enjoy the people around you, today. Oops! I may need the maps app.
Oh, yes, Happy Mother's Day!
Kandi Farris, a freelance correspondent, also is a speaker on matters of faith and values.