Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Taming the beast

Yesterday I gathered bag #4 for 40 Bags 40 Days.  I'm not sure I'm going to get 40 bags total, but every little bit helps.  I should add that I haven't brought another thing into the house since my transgression with the horse.

In the meantime, I've been doing a Lenten study with a small group of friends.  We're reading Richard Rohr's Wondrous Encounters, Scriptures for Lent.  A year ago, I was on a retreat led by Fr. Rohr, a Franciscan priest whose messages on spirituality are universal.

A couple of days ago, one of the daily readings in WESL was about temptations and how most of the time the things that tempt us are "good" things, but made "evil" because we become self-centered about how they are used.  Food for example. We must use discernment to eat it in a way that is healthy and beneficial to our physical and spiritual being.

It's clear to me that one of my 'beasts' is the amount of time I spend on my computer.  In and of itself, my computer is a great resource.  But there are days when it's also a time killer and a brain drain. So for the next few weeks, I'm going to be more selective about how I use it.  Less blog hopping* -- which is one of my favorite things to do because there are so many great blogs out there.  Limit the number of times a day I check email.  Just limit the number of times a day I log on "just because."

And with all the time I'm saving, just think how many bags I can fill:)

*I'm not giving up on my blog or reading blogs!  I just have a habit of reading a comment on someone's blog, taking off to go visit and before you know it I'm down the rabbit hole, cruising blogs while my laundry piles up, my family goes unfed and my dogs forget who I am.  I am not disciplined enough to give up my blogging buds:)

5 comments:

Mereknits said...

Karen,
I agree with you but I will so miss you if you post less. I love a look into your world. Have a great day,
Meredith

Rizzi said...

SO TRUE....WHEN IT COMES TO FOOD........ I DON'T GO ON MY COMPUTER LIKE I USE TO. SOMETIMES WHEN I WAS ON MY COMPUTER HALF THE DAY WAS GONE, AND NOTHING WAS ACCOMPLISHED. I WOULD BE SO TIRED, AND HAVE A HEADACHE, MUST BE GETTING OLD.
I AM FILLING MY BAGS, I ACTUALLY AM ENJOYING FILLING THEM, I MADE A LITTLE ROOM HERE AND THERE.
WELL, BACK TO MY BAGS.
HAVE A NICE DAY, LOVE YA, AUNT RIZ

Susanne said...

I've been cutting back on log in time and blog time too. It's just sort of happening naturally, so I'm going with it.

Country Dreaming said...

Good luck with this.
Will miss you if I don't see you but have to do what is best for ourselves.

Look forward to seeing in the future.

Melinda

BClark said...

Hi Karen I am so glad one blog you stopped by was mine, you always make me feel so good. As you said I still feel the same inside as I did years ago, it is the outside that is not doing so good,lol. I really like the bag idea, I have been doing it off and on without knowing I was following a trend. With all the moving so many things got packed and dragged from place to place. So I have been going through and shredding like crazy. Your horse is so cool and so glad you got him. I love going to the thrift shop, much more fun then buying new. Good luck with all you do, you are super!