Continued from part 1...
As we lose that critical link to who we are, our bodies, our fellow
humans, I think life becomes less valuable. And then it is taken for
I cannot tell you the number of times I see people sit across
from one another in a restaurant but are each lost in the screen of
their phones. They do not look at each other. They do not speak. They
don't even seem aware of their surroundings (I think the current zombie
craze is no accident).
I have got to think this escape
from the physical world causes stress and confusion and detachment
because it is not our natural state of being. It creates a sense of
anxiety that if you aren't connected, you're missing something.
disconnect is even more pronounced in larger cities, I think. Here in a
small-town, people still help each other when they're down in very
tangible, practical ways on a daily basis. They connect at the grocery
store and post office and bank. Things here are very personal. Not so
great when your runaway car crashes on a Monday morning, but really wonderful most of the time.
lived in Salt Lake City once, a city of one million. I knew almost no
one. Not my neighbors certainly. I was in a tiny dark apartment, alone
and sad, and spent hours on the computer with people I'd never met just
to compensate for my lack of connection. I felt like a phantom, a ghost.
It was terrible and depressing and I made a point after that to center
myself in the real physical world and make friends and hobbies and a
is such a sense of pride and accomplishment in doing something on your
own, even as simple as filling a tire with air. When you require a
machine to do it for you, that's a hit to your self-worth. And with that
hit begins a vicious cycle. You lose confidence, so you turn more to
machines, which in turn lowers your self esteem even more. And if you
don't have confidence in yourself, how can you feel confident in anyone
the difference between a candy bar and a healthy full meal. One offers
fake comfort with little value, a sugar rush that soon ebbs leaving you
drained and dazed. The other gives your body - or in this case your
spirit and your soul - what it truly needs. Sustenance. Vitality.
Real life and really living.
- ► 2017 (53)
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- Funny things Brady says... about gagging...
- You know you're in a small town... charity edition...
- Getting out of the house: Go to the library!
- You know you're in the Mid-west... weather edition...
- Part 2: Can society get back to basics & focus on ...
- You know you're in a small town...library edition...
- Our walk on a blustery day...
- Save money buying dry beans & rice
- Colorful peppers - even asparagus - can be afforda...
- Treats vs. healthy, teaching kids the difference
- The 7-year-old cashed his first check!
- Homemade jerky - tasty high protein snack
- Behavior booster: Pick a treat for each day
- Parenting tip: Get their eyes checked early!
- A new goal: No-Screen Saturdays
- How people in the south see snow :)
- Mulberry pie & Crockpot Italian chicken
- For picky eaters: Try Something New Thursday
- You're in a small town when... 7, noon, 6 sirens
- Crockpot Mex-lasanga, Taco Potatoes & Sheperd's Pie
- Wisdom from my Mom...discipline is love
- You can save lots & get stuff free at the store!
- Funny things Brady says... about mom
- Thoughts of summer...
- Part 1: Can society get back to basics & focus on ...
- Reusing saves money & teaches creativity
- Finding joy in sacrifice, even when there's no choice
- Spark People 10 treats under 100 calories
- Gourmet grilled cheese, honey carrots
- Keep hunger at bay: 105 low-cal easy snacks
- 10 ways to save on fruits and veggies
- Baked Zucchini Coins
- Easy Crockpot Homemade Applesauce
- No-recipe easy chili
- My husband's $50 thrift store profit via Ebay
- Getting up earlier can energize your day...
- What you can gain through Women's Fellowship
- The three gifts of my child...
- Lazy Day Activity: Play Uno!
- Postpartum Depression (PPD): Day 4 - getting help
- You know it's a small town.... who's that lady?
- Prayer for a child...and for myself...
- Savings tip: Other brands cheaper than Walmart
- Brady's "crystal store" - my little entrepreneur
- Brady's $3.42 profit from Ebay
- Funny things Brady says, a two-fer!
- Humility is a Monday a.m. car crash in hot pink pjs
- Funny things Brady says...church-y DVD
- Meal planning, our menu this week
- Crockpot Peach Crisp
- Forgiveness: Good to practice, good to teach
- Postpartum Depression (PPD) series Day 3: Signs & ...
- Postpartum Depression (PPD) Day 2: Risk Factors
- Smiley360 - you've got to check it out!
- RAIN! Photos of a rare joy in drought-parched Kansas.
- One of life's little joys... mulberries and cream
- Wisdom from my Mom...be in the solution
- Funny things Brady says...my "voices"
- Postpartum Depression (PPD) 4-day series: Part 1
- Funny things Brady says...bad dreams...
- Hold hands while arguing
- Our disposable, throw-away society...
- Hubby got his January deer...
- The 7 year old has a bank account...
- Savings tip: Freeze everything!
- Funny things Brady says...the news...
- Giving kids the tools to be independent...
- Lazy day activity: Bury a treasure & find it!
- Whatever-You-Have soup & Teriyaki meatballs
- Funny things Brady does...his "driver's license"
- Add joy to life & take up a hobby...
- Easy Cheesy meatloaf
- Animal footprint stories told in the snow...
- You know you're in a small town when....sledding
- Sledding is a good workout!
- Behavior booster: Role-playing, demonstration and ...
- Wild game cooking: Bacon-wrapped grilled dove!
- Hominy bake, corn casserole, pizza!
- Funny things Brady says... New Year's edition!
- ▼ January (80)
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