How much healthier might you be if you matched your exercise time with your Facebook and/or television time? I was doing the math for my own life this a.m. after yesterday’s “slug-fest.” Convicting!
SLUG vs. BUSY: I admit, yesterday, after church, I was a slug. That’s why the question hit me this a.m., trying to remember what I did that was productive? And I am not saying you have to be BUSY all the time – a valuable lesson I have learned well over this last year. Busy-ness is an issue that continues to be a personal work in progress. I have, however, learned along the way how important real rest is to our well-being. Don’t underestimate it, but at the same time, don’t use it as an excuse to do nothing. Neither extreme – slug or busy – is healthy.
IN THE BEGINNING: Yesterday, I spent time with God, reading, praying, singing his praises and listening to scripture and his message through our pastor. I witnessed two beautiful baptisms, enjoyed lunch with my loving husband and yes, I even had a 30 minute nap.
SLUGFEST ENSUES: But, I also, spent hours and hours watching “White Collar” on NetFlix. Oh, and did I mention they were series re-runs? And yeah, I had seen most of the originals. So I sat on the comfy loveseat watching a marathon of shows I’ve already seen. All the while, I was thinking I should go to the gym. I should read one of the many books I have stacked up on the desk. I should be WRITING!!! And, yet, I sat, and sat and sat. And I sat until time to change into pajamas and go to bed.
TODAY, However, I:
- started my morning in quiet time with God
- enjoyed motivation and inspiration through a couple of books
- did a solid workout
- worked and used my mind well
- spent time writing
- Plus, I had lunch and a wonderful visit with our youngest daughter.
Surprisingly, my emotional state is happier, healthier. Crazy, right? Nope!
I am not saying FB or television are bad … unless they become like any other addiction … keeping us from time that could be spent in more precious or productive ways.