Friday, October 30, 2015

morning invitations * screen-work

yay!

here's our final worksheet!

links in red take you back to the original post.

let's pull out the stops, evaluate where we are,
 & figure out our next steps.

did you miss these?

soul-work

body-work

home-work


screens
On a scale of 1 {lousy} - 10 {magnificent!} how would you rate your contentment with your online life balance?




Which social media venue is your absolute sweet spot?




Which social media venue frustrates /drains you?





reconsider
Your smart phone.  Great big blessing or demanding burden?




What changes could you make so that it would become a more effective tool?




How can you and your loved ones navigate the challenge of screens together?





encourage
What's the most natural way for you to encourage someone online?




Do you find yourself looking to social media to build your self-worth?




We all need to be affirmed, appreciated, validated.  What's the healthiest way for you to get those needs met away from your screens?





unplug
Have you ever taken a sabbatical from online activities?  How did that work for you?




If you plan to take a break, what would be your goal in doing so?




A day, a weekend, a month?  From what?  Design your unplugging experience here!







come back tomorrow morning to cheer
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18 comments:

  1. Clever idea, Linda. I bet you put a lot of time and thought into this. Great job. :) Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Great post, Linda! I can definitely see how this is needed because I've had to take a sabbatical from social media and online activities quite a few times. I think they're all great resources, especially as a way for those of us who are in ministry to encourage the hearts of others, but I've also had times in my own life where they've simply been a distraction. I had to learn to balance my time
    and use it more efficiently. Anyways, thanks for sharing, Love! GOD bless you! :-)

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    1. I like calling it a sabbatical ... makes take a break seem more official, more important than simply calling it a break! It seems to call for us to redeem that time for something more beneficial.

      ;-}

      Thanks for the reminder to learn to balance our time and use it more efficiently, Tai ... love your heart on this!

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  3. On a scale of 1 {lousy} - 10 {magnificent!} how would you rate your contentment with your online life balance?

    5 - More interested in real life than online life. In real life you get the chance to be told off by one's spouse.

    Which social media venue is your absolute sweet spot?

    Blogger, because it is easy to manage. And my own website. Facebook is too difficult with too many buttons to press. Twitter is for the birds. The only bird impersonation I do is eating worms.

    Which social media venue frustrates /drains you?

    Facebook. I disconnected from it. I also unfriended myself and could not read my own posts.

    Your smart phone. Great big blessing or demanding burden?

    Demanding. Not easy to manage. Too many icons. Not as simple as parchment and quill.

    What changes could you make so that it would become a more effective tool?

    Throw it against the wall.

    How can you and your loved ones navigate the challenge of screens together?

    I told my loved one there was dust on the TV screen. That was a challenging day for me. Silent treatment and no cooked meal.

    What's the most natural way for you to encourage someone online?

    Be nice.

    Do you find yourself looking to social media to build your self-worth?

    No ... I look at a mirror instead to confirm my perfection.

    We all need to be affirmed, appreciated, validated. What's the healthiest way for you to get those needs met away from your screens?

    Looking at the mirror. For a good laugh I do it naked.

    Have you ever taken a sabbatical from online activities? How did that work for you?

    No ... I do not want to provide my readers with any relief.

    If you plan to take a break, what would be your goal in doing so?

    Tell my readers I am taking a break from Blogging; and then not doing it. It confuses them ... and me.

    A day, a weekend, a month? From what? Design your unplugging experience here!

    I write my Blogs and let the computer self-publish at given times and dates. That's how I take a break. In fact, I don't think I have written all this ... the computer has on my behalf.

    God bless.

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    1. Ok, Victor ... this is you at your BEST! I'm going to be sharing your warm sense of humor in tomorrow's final post. Thank you for spreading cheerful joy wherever you land.

      I'm glad it's here!

      ;-}

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  4. You have given me food for thought! Thanks. Lately, I've found myself not as interested in social media. I still engage too much sometimes, but little by little I'm finding it is more of a burden than a blessing. I don't have a smart phone and not sure I want one. The only downside to not having a smart phone is not being able to do instagram which I think I would love. So, that may be a good thing. :) I enjoy pinterest, but don't go there on a regular basis. I have a twitter acct, but rarely think to go there. I recently went away for a couple of days and unplugged - it was wonderful. My husband and I use to do this for a week every year - we'd go to the mountains for retreat and did not have access to computers, tv's or phone reception. It was wonderful! We are due again soon, I think. Your morning invitations are a wonderful idea - I could see this becoming a book. You have a beautiful heart for ministry.

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    1. A book? Oh yikes, be still my heart! I don't know that I could ever go there. Blogging's just too much FUN ... and a book sounds way too much like WORK!

      But you are generous to say so, Teresa.

      ;-}

      And I like that you're noticing that slowly but surely the blessing is morphing into a burden. So wise to notice our reactions, even the subtle ones, so we can make choices before we're absolutely overwhelmed.

      Thanks for being in on the conversation today, my friend. We made it through 31 Days ... and survived to tell the story!

      ;-}

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    2. Publishing a book is not that difficult really. Pick your best posts from here; put them together in an MS Word document, then you can publish FREE on AMAZON Kindle or in paperbacks. You retain the Copyrights and AMAZON pays you royalties.

      See my selection here: www.holyvisions.co.uk

      When you are ready, I'd be happy to give you advice/help as required.

      God bless.

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    3. mmm ... I'd have to have some kind of thunderbolt from heaven on this one, Victor. I've had a handful of people encourage me in this direction. But I'm not all that sure that I could pull this off at this point ...

      But you've encouraged me. I so appreciate it. My dad, who died in July, came from Scotland. And I'd like to think that he'd kinda like your idea, coming from a fellow UK guy ...

      ;-}

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  5. Thank you for making us take a look at ourselves, Friend!
    Blessings!

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    1. We're all looking in our mirrors ... I hope we like what we see God doing!

      ;-}

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  6. Well, I don't have a Smart Phone. Barbara does, and I had to use it while we were changing ISPs (which took two months!) but now she has it back.

    Come to think of it, I don't even have a phone.

    Blogging (both my own and commenting on others') is a lifeline for me; I am now property-bound. Don't talk to many people.

    I loathe Facebook, both for its format and inane news feeds, and for personal reason of which I will not speak.

    Don't understand Twitter. I geta few new followers every week; I have no idea why.

    And Pinterest goes way over my head.

    I did have a two-month semi-sabbatical; when going between ISPs (and finding one that made unauthorized deductions from our bank account) I could only keep my blog going, and make comments on a few others.

    It was a rather lonely time.

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    1. I remember that period of time when you were tap tap tapping out your posts on Barbara's phone, Andrew. Talk about frustrating! I'm with you, I'm completely clueless about all the tech stuff involved in all this. I stick with Blogger because the basics are easy for me to navigate ... and after more than 7 years of blogging, it's about time.

      But if there's a glitch?

      Woe is me.

      ;-{

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  7. Once again, you ask challenging questions. I love blogging for the community that it can provide. I love encouraging others and know I will never have a lot of followers but that is okay. Real, authentic community is important to me and I pray I never lose sight of that. Thank you for a series that allowed me to breathe and relax into your words. Now go rest and enjoy what's left of Fall!!!

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    1. You said it all, Mary ... real, authentic community is important. For sure! In person, online, wherever.

      I'm grateful to be in your world, friend.

      ;-}

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  8. I'm doing these questions with my husband! We were just asking ourselves these questions the other morning! - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    1. Oh cool, Gingi! I hope you're finding them to spark some great conversations!

      ;-}

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'I want the people in my life to know that when they come to me, with whatever is on their mind or heart, they will be heard. I am dedicated to hearing the hearts of those around me.'
~ Adam McHugh, The Listening Life

Linda