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On the Pleasures and Sorrows of Life Without Screens from Cal Newport
So if you are short on time…
When people contemplate the declutter process I suggest in my book, in which you spend 30 days away from optional technology as a prelude to simplifying your digital life, they often predict that the main challenge will be compensating for the benefits and features they’ll miss out on.
But this prediction is almost always wrong. Most people report that after a week or so of some mild withdrawal symptoms, they’re surprised by how little they miss the features of services like Twitter or Instagram.
The real problem — and this surprised me — is figuring out how to deal with all the free time this move toward minimalism suddenly injects into your life.
Here’s how a reader named Laurie described the experience of going through my digital declutter…
Internet and Social Media Challenge from Sallie Borrink
Have you downloaded this and completed it yet? This is part of the free Cozy Life Library that every subscriber to my site receives.
This popped up in my YouTube feed. There are plenty of ways I don’t see eye to eye with Doug Wilson, but he nailed it eight years ago when this was recorded. It’s even more applicable now. I addressed some of these same things in A Wise Woman Builds Her Home and the related posts I linked to in that post.
A Story of Icing from Rural Revolution
I read this out loud to David and Caroline. All three of us laughed. Hard.
Here’s what happened to me yesterday. I didn’t take any photos, so just create the pictures in your mind. Feel free to add all the messy kitchen components you can conjure up.
For this Friday’s neighborhood potluck, I volunteered to bring dessert. About a month ago, I made one of my standbys, lemon-cream cookies. The recipe can be found here, and for purposes of the potluck I usually quadruple the recipe. I have the quadruple measurements written down so I can make it easily.
But last time I made these cookies, they went so fast that people were complaining they couldn’t get seconds, so this week I decided to octuple the recipe, not quadruple it. Besides, we have new neighbors, and I wanted a few extra cookies to give them as a welcome gift.
Twelve Years Old Today from Down to Earth
I love this story of how Rhonda’s online and publishing life began humbly at her sewing room table twelve years ago. We never know where and at what age life will begin to open up in new ways.
Twelve years ago today, I sat here at a table in my sewing room and started my blog, Down to Earth. I had no idea what I was doing. During the previous few years I had written the beginning of a book documenting our new way of living and after the book was rejected by publishers, in a rare lightbulb moment, I decided I HAD to share what we were doing and the only way I could do that was to start a blog. My first post was about Brandywine tomatoes. I knew nothing about blogging and didn’t know how to start but I did want to write honestly about our ordinary days here at home that, in the context of the times, were surprisingly enriching and satisfying. Brandywine tomatoes were what I was thinking about that day, so that is what I started with. Writing about what I was doing and thinking set a pattern that I repeated for many years. In those first few years, honestly, I had so much to tell you, I could hardly contain it. I started off posting everyday and did that for years before having the weekends off.
I was 59 when I started, it seems like such a long time ago.
Do I Need to Change the World? from Out of the Ordinary
In my last newsletter, I linked to an older post of mine – Staying is the New Going: Ministering Where You Are. This is a message I believe in strongly.
This entire post is worth a read. Here’s the start:
It has never occurred to me that I would ever change the world. Think about it: changing the world is something you can’t know you’ve done. Changes on that scale take generations to manifest themselves. Did Gutenberg know he was changing the world at the time he lived? It’s doubtful.
What we do will have consequences. Whether or not we plan to leave a legacy, we will leave one. As long as we live in relationships with others, our actions can make an impact on someone else, good or bad. But must I feel obligated to change the world?
I cannot help but wonder if in even suggesting such a thing, we aren’t setting ourselves up for discontent. The majority of us will lead quiet, typical lives. Even with social media giving people a voice, there are still only a few who will leave a lasting impression. The myriad of voices means that only a handful will be remembered. It could very well be that the people we believe today to be the most influential voices in our lives will be unheard of or unremembered in ten years. That isn’t meant to discourage. It’s a simple fact. I will be remembered by people who know me and love me. How will they remember me? As someone who was more concerned with getting likes on social media or managing to have five seconds of attention because my blog post or photo went viral? Or will I be remembered as someone whose faith was real, no matter how much attention I got?
President Trump’s Speech at 75th Anniversary of D Day
If you didn’t watch this with your children, you really should. D Day came up during our history time and I mentioned this video to Caroline. (I had already watched it.) She asked to see it and watched the entire thing with me while barely getting restless (27 minutes). It’s a compelling speech to keep a twelve year old focused for that long.
I was also pleased that the President spoke on many of the themes that we’ve been discussing in our history lessons (liberty, self-government, etc.) Things like this make our children feel more connected to the big conversations when they can see the things they are reading and discussing in their homeschooling are also part of the bigger world. (It probably also reinforces in their eyes that maybe we homeschooling moms really do know what we’re doing with them. LOL!)
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