When we left home and Louisville, I decided that I wanted to challenge myself to be more mindful of the ways in which I consume media. I decided that I wouldn’t listen to NPR or watch Netflix the entire time we were in Mexico. I wasn’t wanting to be all snooty about this little experiment so I left Jack and William alone. The McFarland sons have had just as much Netflix and Youtube as the WiFi where we are staying will support. They have both enjoyed plenty of gaming too. This was about their weird mom.
I am a nerdy pastor type who is not on Facebook and never has been. I don’t do Twitter. Jason is the only person who would read my tweets, and I can just text him. We cut the cable cord 5 years ago and haven’t missed cable a bit. I haven’t done much computer gaming since Jack was born, and he cruelly stole my free time along with my ability to sleep through the night. The coolest person I text is Jack. I am not the most technology savvy person in the world (my cell phone is going on 4 years old), but I do consume media daily/hourly.
I may not be the person who uses the most bandwidth at the McFarland house, but I watch a fair amount of Netflix. I also listen to a ton of NPR. I listen to NPR while I clean the kitchen in the mornings and again the in the evenings. I listen to NPR while I cook and while I fold the laundry. I listen to NPR whenever I am in the car unless William complains really passionately, but usually he doesn’t care just yet. I often listen to NPR while I weed the flower beds and while I do chores around the house too. I turn on Netflix when I am on the treadmill, sometimes while I am knitting, and I usually fall asleep to Netflix at night.
Surprisingly I haven’t really missed Netflix or NPR all that much. I check the local news in the morning and sometimes again in the evening to see what is going on in the world, but otherwise I have been doing a lot of reading. I have also done a lot of knitting. (I have knit 3 shawls/scarves, 26 wash clothes, and 5 dish/hand towels during our adventures in Mexico.)
And I have done a lot of walking and exploring and meeting new people and perhaps my very favorite activity has been looking at this while knitting:
I have been drinking a lot of tea while giving God thanks for creating a world filled with plants this lush and green and stunningly beautiful.
Have you taken a moment this summer to stop and notice the incredible beauty of the world our God created?
What have you seen? What do you give thanks for? What has delighted and blessed you?
“This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24