August 26, 2017

3 Advantages to Stepping Back from the Online World

Recently I have taken a step back from the online world, posting on BeWellWellness, posting on social media outlets, etc. This is often my trend and preference during summer months because I’m focusing my attention on my people and posting (on any format) takes a backseat for a bit.

And I enjoy it. It’s refreshing.

But there are three things I always learn from it…

 

And the funny this is that the learning is always richer in the reflection. When you’re in the process, yes you are learning. But the learning is always greater in the reflection. Hindsight is always 20/20 vision. But we must go through the process to get to the learning. So I try to reflect often to learn more about myself and the world around me.

What I have found…

3 Advantages to Stepping Back from the Online World

 

To slow down and be present.

While I enjoy the features and beauty that online and the .com world provides (learning from others, meeting other people, inspiring others, discovering new ideas, etc), taking a step back to refresh, rejuvenate, and refocus is just as important.

To be silent.

Enjoy my coffee.

Focus on my breath.

Watch my kids giggle and play with joy and youthfulness without distraction.

 

Just enjoy it. To be mindful of the present, the joys and blessings around me, and just being. Starting new chapters of life also encourage reflection because evaluating priorities is necessary. I have found even more joy in what I’m committed to after a season of stepping back- because I’m more fully invested upon my return.

 

Reevaluate goals and dreams.

 

I find this one of the most helpful during a season of reflection. I like to evaluate-

  • where I am
  • what my goals are, and
  • how I’m getting there frequently- almost quarterly, if you will.

And sometimes I find I need to mull over ideas (or pray over them) to determine my next course of action… which sometimes just means waiting, which isn’t necessarily fun until I reflect and realized yes, I needed to wait.

I like movement- towards goals, dreams, desires, etc. I like taking chances and sometimes I don’t… because usually that means things are hard, uncomfortable, and exhausting. But I also know that a journey through the fire (or challenges) produces perseverance, growth, and hope.

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5 (NIV)

 

I pray that my goals and dreams are His goals and dreams.

 

Focus on personal self growth.

 

For me, this means:

  • Quiet time. For me, this is usually in the mornings. These are things like meditation, prayer, scripture and devotionals, and just quietly having me time- whatever that looks like. (writing, reading, etc). But also it can mean silent rides in the car without the distractions of music radio or talk radio, movies or DVD’s, etc. For me this usually is when I’m by myself. I just drive and soak in the environment around me.
  • Evaluating my progress on strengthening my physical well-being so I can play with my kids, feel confident and strong, and progress towards quality and longevity of life. Am I moving my body and sweating frequently? Am I pushing my limits and challenging myself?
  • Emotional enrichment. Personally I enjoy reading. This enjoyment has grown with age. I enjoy reading books which challenge me and spur me onto greater levels of growth and progress. I like hearing about other people’s journey, christian and secular perspectives, and biographies (my current go-to’s). It prompts me critically evaluate my behaviors, thoughts, and convictions.

Do you take specific times to step back and reflect? What does that look like for you? I would enjoy your input!

 

HAVE A GREAT DAY!

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