FEEL FREE TO BORROW THIS IMAGE. A FRIEND OF MINE LET ME BORROW IT FROM HER PAGE. I LIKE HOW IT REFLECTS OUR COUNTRY AND VINTAGE STYLE ALL AT THE SAME TIME :)
To all of my fellow Americans at home and abroad, Happy 4th of July :) :) I hope you are all having a super fun day today :) :) For the rest of you, I'm wishing you a great day as well, whatever you are doing :) :)
There's a website/blog that I have been following for awhile on Facebook and here called "Women Living Well". It's a really interesting place to visit. It is primarily geared towards married women. I'm am definitely NOT married...but I still enjoy reading the things on this page. There are things here that are still applicable to even us single ladies.
In any case, there's an 8-week series that they'll be doing called "Media Mondays". Click here to visit the post from yesterday. It really caught my attention in a big way. There's also a blog button for their series at the top of the right sidebar here. It is something that has been on my heart for awhile now.
I really do love modern technology. It has opened up things to us, that we might not otherwise have had access to. It has allowed me to forge new friendships with lovely people all over the world. I've learned new things, too. Blogging...I LOVE blogging...for sure. That's where I feel most comfortable right now.
However, lately, I've been really feeling something pressing on my heart. For me personally it's Facebook. For others, it will be something different. In any case, I was really feeling sad and do still feel sad a bit, about how much media has intruded into our lives. How do we use it to reach out, while not having it affect our literal day to day interactions with the people arounds us - at work, at home, at church.
I'm just speaking for myself here. Here was a response I'd written to my post on Facebook. It's "short"...well, short for me..you know how much I LOVE to talk...even on the computer:
"Women Living Well" is more geared towards married ladies..BUT I think there's a lot of application for us single gals, too :) :) I've been thinking a LOT about the role media plays in our lives. There's a lot of good that comes with it.... My only real concern is that when it becomes more important than actual human interaction, that's when it's gone too far. I think it's affecting peoples abilities to relate to other people. Oh, in the Christian church especially, I think it's so much easier for people to do a check-in on Facebook, than invest any of their time in someone else. That is something I'm going to try and avoid, because people are important. So I'm praying about that. Those are just some of my initial thoughts. I'm going to add this to my blog series tonight. In any case, thanks for leaving your comments ;) :) I really enjoyed reading what you have to write :) :) :)
So I've been praying about that. People check in on Facebook or wherever, instead of actually calling up the person. Or we get irritated because someone needed us, while we were sitting in front of the screen. For me personally, it's come to the point, where I really need to take an active step. I just don't know what yet. Closing down my Facebook account completely is not the solution. It's great, because it lets me keep in contact with people who live far away. However, with people who live here locally, we never call each other. We never spend time together during the week. It's easier to "like" a comment or "leave" a comment, because it doesn't force us to climb out of our comfort zones. It lets us be "social" while keeping our rears in our seats at home. There's something wrong with that..I think...
In any case, those are just thoughts. I'm really looking forward to the topics during this series. I think a good portion of you are married, so this series would be especially applicable to you. If you're single, like me, I still think there's benefit for us, too. Start thinking about how we can make applications in our lives as women - married or single..and how media affects our everyday interactions with people. I'd love to hear from all of you. I think there's something we can all learn from each other...and encourage each other, too :) :)
Okay, that was a bit of a more serious topic, but it's so pressing on my heart, I just can't hold it in any longer. NO worries, I'll still have cool crafty stuff and vintage antique finds :) :) Not talking about that would be like asking the sun to stop shining. It just isn't gonna happen :) :)
That's the news from Oregon today. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)