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Culture Becoming Anti-Social?

We’ve all been there, at some sort of event or even just a nice dinner out with your spouse and someone’s cell phone rings and they start conducting business right there – ruining the atmosphere you came to enjoy. Then there is Facebook. Are we fast becoming addicting to all of these electronic devices and mediums that our culture is becoming anti-social as some of the experts suggest?

I’ve seen a funny picture, posted on Facebook of course, saying our culture has become anti-social. But the picture isn’t of a modern day subway car filled with people ignoring each other using their iPhones and Droids. It’s an older picture of passengers on a train and each one is being anti-social to his neighbor because they are all reading the newspaper!

I don’t see it as an anti-social culture. I see it for what it is: a practical demonstration of how this culture longs to stay connected. Can we try to hard to maintain one connection that we damage another? Of course! But that’s been happening for centuries and has nothing to do with mobile devices or Facebook.

Let’s accept that we were created to be social beings and that we long to stay connected. Then let’s work on balancing our connections. Each one of us needs to find out what our priorities are. Sometimes we just get distracted by one connection for a moment and forget the connection in front of us that is more vital to maintain. We’ll figure it out. We’ve done it before. Because we like to stay connected.

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Priorities

The perfect swirl of a cowlick on Matthew’s scalp has been for years lovingly known as “Hurricane Matthew.” The pattern is seen best when his hair is buzzed. When his hair is longer, it just looks like he is constantly having a bad hair day. It is at this point that Matthew gets frustrated and states the obvious: I need a hair cut!

Matthew had gotten to this point and I knew it was time for a hair cut, but I was told he didn’t want it yet. What? Then my husband fully explained, as Matthew just sat back and smiled. Evidently, some of the girls in Matthew’s youth group at church like to compare hair. They will play with Matthew’s hair and then compare it to someone else. My junior Casanova just sits back with a dreamy look on his face and enjoys the attention. He says it is so relaxing to have the girls play with his hair.

Mystery solved. Matthew didn’t want his haircut until after the last youth group meeting, just in case the girls played with his hair. At the ripe age of eleven years old, Matthew has begun to make his own priorities. I believe we are in for a very interesting time of Matthew’s teenage years.

 

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Transformational Melody

My husband was sharing one of the latest “aha moments” he has had based on a podcast by Michael Hyatt. He started referring to words from the blog – “This is your life…” I of course have heard it many times and was able to finish it. “Are you who you want to be?”

It really is a simple melody and not that difficult to grasp, which is a good thing. Because it keeps the message easily in your mind. “This is your life. Are you who you want to be?” Well, are you?

Well, actually Sharon, I’d rather be 30 pounds lighter. Then what are you going to do about it? Someone might say they want to spend more time with their kids. Sounds great, but when are you going to make it a priority instead of just a distant vision?

Start today. Change one of your “someday I want to” dreams into a “today I will” reality. Is it a bigger project? Great! Start scheduling the various phases of that project today. Put it on your calendar today. Make time for it today. Go to Michael Hyatt’s blog and listen to the melody on his podcasts a few times. Get it stuck in your brain and then make your life what you want it to be!

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