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Impact of Lifestyle

How did life get so complicated? You'd think with all of our modern conveniences, life would get easier.
  • With my cell phone I never have to miss any calls when I'm not at home.
  • My internet connection provides me with instant access to all of the latest news, blogs and social networks.
  • I can even stay in touch with my family and friends easily and more often with email.
  • I can instantly share photos I took that day after uploading them to my computer.
  • I've made connections with long lost friends from high school and college on Classmates.
  • I've even made many new friends online between Twitter, Facebook and many interesting blogs.
  • If I need to shop, why leave home? I can access websites and even compare prices and locate ratings and reviews to find out what other people like me had to say.

Our fast paced lifestyle has given us many conveniences.

But at what cost? Do you remember when life was simpler?

Don't get me wrong. I love my modern conveniences. But there are moments when I long for simplicity. Do you remember? When...

  • Families sat down to meals together without the TV on
  • Dinner consisted of a homemade meal and not fast food or take out
  • Kids walked to school without being driven everywhere by their parents
  • Kids played games and ran outside instead of sitting for hours in front of the TV, computer and video games
  • You actually had to do errands to earn an allowance
  • You had time to sit and talk face to face with friends
  • You didn't have to schedule exercise time because you walked everywhere

How about you? Can you add to my list? What do you remember?

Debbie Petras
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  1. Loved this post. And yes, I do remember when I didn't have to schedule excercise times because I walked everywhere!

  2. I remember having relaxing drives either talking with the person in the passenger seat, or listening to music. Now, I am not only distracted by calls and texts on my cell phone, but I'm eye-balling other drivers to make sure they are not going to do something kooky in the middle of the road because they are on their cell phone.

    Plus I remember when you went to dinner with family/friends/a date and always had their attention, vs competing with their phone.

    I think we've become slaves to the things that were meant to make everything more convenient and easy.

  3. Yeah, I think about this all the time. All of our connectivity makes me more stressed and impatient. It is much harder to relax and enjoy life. I've actually been considering doing a meditation retreat (random but one of my friends did it) to get away from it all for a few days. :)

  4. Kristi and Juliet- I identify with you. Our modern conveniences are great but sometimes can distract us from simply spending time with friends and actually listening without interruptions.

  5. My mom use to say that even with all our modern conveniences, we actually work harder than she did (and she hung her clothes out to dry!). Recently a woman in my Bible study group said she took an hour each day for her "quiet time." She does not answer the phone, the TV is off....., she takes a mini retreat to be alone with God. Sounds like something I might want to do.


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