These days I have a lot of time on my hands as my husband receives treatment and recovers from some serious issues. I am in the big city far away from home; from family and friends; from work; from the people, pets, and things that make up my daily life. I am grateful to my son and daughter-in-law for sending me a notebook to use while I am here. It allows me to access my emails, social media, and gives me a tool to write with.

 It’s an older model and in combination with public Wifi, it can be a little frustrating doing anything online. Which got me to thinking about the fast pace of life. Being forced to slow down for a spell is a good thing.

I am being taught patience – by a machine no less! For instance, allowing the notebook to do a “performance scan” seems to take forever. I can get pretty impatient with it, and yet I have no choice but to wait until updates are installed and the antivirus cleans things up. Perhaps it is high time I used a personal antivirus program to defog my life – some call it prayer.

It also makes me think of the last time I took serious stock and really reflected on my life. In a sense this time away from home is helping me do a “performance scan” of a different sort. As the saying goes, “the unreflected life is not worth living”. I am not sure who the author was of that bit of wisdom, but I find it so true. It is in the deep reflection of one’s life that personal and emotional growth happens. So, I am doubly grateful for this notebook!

In addition to the path of self-discovery, this extended hospital stay has made me appreciate anew the gift of each minute, hour, and day I have been given and helped me to realize how much time I have allowed to be consumed by technology.

It is as if the universe is sending me a message to slow down the quick, quick.

How much time do you spend online?

13 thoughts on “Slow down the quick, quick

  1. Well, Carol, I would say that I spend a couple of hours each day on the desktop reading and/or writing, and I take an iPad to bed to catch up on the news or watch a movie on Netflix. But, it’s something I enjoy and I don’t feel enslaved to it. You did get me thinking, though.

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  2. I can easily spend 2-3 hours a day on line, but it’s mostly email – reading blogs and comments on my blog, commenting on others’ blogs, and responding to my readers. I was feeling a little guilty about it, but then I realized that most of the blogs I read are about God and the Bible. I have learned a lot from my fellow bloggers, and get into some good biblical/spiritual discussions. So even though I’m on line instead of in my “prayer closet” (Well, I do both.) my thoughts are directed to Him, and as it says in Psalm 1, “on His law … meditate day and night.”

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    1. At times like these sometimes I have to do it in smaller increments of time, but the kind support of people like yourself helps so much. I am so very grateful for each and e fry kind word. Thank you so much, China.


  3. I have been deliberately choosing to have days when I stay off the internet completely. It feels weird, but I always feel better the next day. Also, I have decided to set a daily limit to surfing the net. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings with us. What you are saying really resonates with me.

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