I read a book last week called Soul Keeping by John Ortberg. He quotes his friend (and author, philosopher, professor, speaker, Christian—after reading his bio, I’m feeling very left out of knowing much about him) Dallas Willard in the book multiple times speaking to how we take care of our soul saying,
“You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.”
Then I watched this video with over 2 million other people. I was convicted of the time I had begun to spend scrolling through social media.
I love social media and blogging, but there is an inherent “hurry” aspect to it. There’s always something new and never a way to catch up. I knew these two ideas were connected for me.
And as much as I love writing here, many times I feel hurried and pressured to dole out posts. And then to Facebook and tweet about the post, and then check for likes and comments on the post. And on and on it goes.
So, I’ve been taking a break. I took social media off my phone. I’ve been leaving my phone in my purse. I’ve been reading more and trying to enjoy what I’m presently doing instead of trying to read more about what others are doing. I’m sitting on my back porch and soaking in some Vitamin D. I’m playing school with my daughter. I’m sitting still at red lights.
Like so many things in my life, I have to pare back to nothing to figure out what, if anything, I can add back in.
I have one more review post I’m committed to here this week (ironically, very related to this topic) and after that, I’m not sure. Maybe I just need this week off or a month off or the summer off. I’m not sure yet. I just know social media and blogging are tangled in this hurry and I’m ready to let some of it go.
Email me in the meantime if you want—maybe send me the really funny videos from Facebook I’m missing? amyjbennett AT gmail DOT com