Unless one works and lives away from his immediate family, he has no excuse to be glued to the computer or the smartphone all the time. His full presence and undivided attention would be very much appreciated by those who are with him, by his loved ones. The video below is a great reminder for me, and hopefully for you as well, to let go of that gadget for a few minutes and be all there for your parents, your kids, your friends. The video calls on us to disconnect to connect.
In line with this, I discovered a wonderful blog that inspires me to start “letting go… to grasp what really matters.” It’s called handsfreemama.com and Rachel, the author, welcomes her readers with this blurb:
I’m going Hands Free. I want to make memories, not to-do-lists. I want to feel the squeeze of my daughter’s arms, not the pressure of over-commitment. I want to get lost in conversation with my spouse, not consumed by a sea of unimportant emails. I want to be overwhelmed by sunsets that give me hope, not by extracurricular commitments that steal my joy. I want the noise of my life to be a mixture of laughter and gratitude, not the intrusive buzz of cell phones and text messages. I am letting go of distraction, disconnection, and perfection to live a life that simply, so very simply, consists of what really matters. I’m going Hands Free. And if this sounds like a life you want to start living, come along. A Hands Free revolution starts here! I hope you will join me!
Her journey towards being a hands free mama resonated with me because I want to discover joy, inspiration and colorful memories in very simple and very ordinary days with my husband and children, hence this blog. And I cannot open my eyes and heart to these wonderful things that truly matter if they are focused somewhere else.
I am taking baby steps and being conscious of my cellphone usage around my children. I want to connect with them by disconnecting from the Internet, even for just a while. I want to be present with them by being absent from social media. I want to lead them to Jesus by straying from the demands of the world.
And when Ella asked me to draw minions with her,
I did not refuse.
What do you think of being hands free and connected with what really matters in life?