Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Wednesday Words: Slowing Down
"Twitter, Facebook, blogging, e-mail, texting, and IMing all provide super-fast ways to communicate. I’m trying to figure them all out. Slowly.
Their advantages are many. I’ve discovered that they can allow us to follow responses to a live event in pretty much real time, keep us connected, and point us to great resources. They encourage spontaneity, while training us to be brief and relevant. I’ve seen many positive uses so far.
But I’ve also seen how they can also tempt us to be slow to listen, quick to speak and quick to become angry—the exact opposite of what we read in James."
Ann Kroeker, author of Not So Fast
These words resonated with me when I read them at the beginning of the month. I am being convicted to slow down. I am recognizing (and not for the first time) that I need to give priority to my physical world and community first before sinking myself into the internet and all that entertains me online. I enjoy the connections I have online. However, my friends, family, and my loving God need my focus above everything I can reach on a key board.
I encourage you to read the rest of the post: Slow to Tweet. Also, check out the Not So Fast website: Not So Fast. Ann has incredibly encouraging posts about living life at a slower pace.