In the Information Age we are in dramatic need of some intelligence to it all. Information is everywhere, but where is the common sense?
When Kip turns me loose to blog, he says “do your stuff” and that is often what it is — stuff. Not one specific thing but a thousand tiny things.
|My youngest son and I went rafting a few weeks a go.|
Life is beautiful, fun, and a blast but those moments are often best when I get offline, away from all of this and make sense of things.
The Age of Common Sense would be a blessing
the stuff in my closet didn’t make me happier in the 90’s,
nor did all the bookmarks in the 00’s,
nor did all the friends in the 10’s,
nor do all the connections nor the fact that I can tweet from the bathroom just before I hop in tub.
What has made me happier is getting offline for longer periods of time, looking people in the eye, spending my mornings on my knees asking God what I should do with my day, and applying common sense before I buy another app, before I go shopping or before I spend a dime or my precious time on anything.
Freedom has always come at a price and every human being on this planet deserves respect as a human being but not necessarily the right to be heard. Some people are crazy and others are crooked and their ideas and ideals don’t belong alongside great men and women of history.
- Time with family, in nature, exercising, reading, and talking to people are just as important as online time.
- I will not elevate a person who is not there over a person who is right there. I will pay attention to people. People are important. I will be PRESENT.
- I’m just not going to get hyper over anything NEW because it is new. I’m not a fangirl who worships any person or gadget or app, that is ridiculous.
- I will look for people who are up front about who they are, their motivations and even their beliefs. We’ve been in a time of “abstaining” – no one wants to tell anyone what they believe because we’re to the point that some people think “if you’re not like me, I’m not going to follow you.” I will look for honest, truthful people and work hard to be one myself. I will keep following people who are different from me, that is OK.
- I will be minimalistic in the apps, alerts, and streams I allow into my life but intentional about participating where I want to be. If I can’t use my iPad because I’m being alerted that Talking Tom needs to be “fed” then that is over the top.
- I’m a human being not a human doing. Being is as important as doing and vital to my own sanity.
- I’m going to go with the research that the fountain of youth is exercize. Mrs. Grace Adkins who is 80+ now rides her bike for an hour 6 days a week. She’s de-aged 15 years, has lost 20 pounds, and still comes to work 5 days a week. She feels better than most 50 year olds I know. I’m going to work out an hour a day 6 days a week, no matter what. Tweeting another tweet and blogging another blog isn’t going to make me live longer, exercise can.
- I want to find people who have common sense and wisdom but also let them be human’s who mess up. I’m not going to run away from a person because they screw up once. This “disposable people” society is ridiculous where people mess up and can never be forgiven. I guess it makes people feel better than a great person who messes up but part of my faith is the belief that I can be forgiven and have the ability to start over at any moment in my life.
- My followers, friends, and those I follow are a cool, fun, powerful way to interact but I will not give them more importance than my husband or children.
- Helping others live their dreams by being helpful and shining the spotlight on greatness wherever it is, is a lasting legacy.
- A cell phone in my hand does not excuse rudeness. I will not stand up in front of people who are there in order to capture a moment for those who aren’t. Manners start with me.
- Complaining about everybody else is a sorry way to live life and will make me bitter and worthless. I will be the kind of person I think this world needs and ask God to give me wisdom to do that.
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