I’ve become a bit disillusioned with New Year’s Resolutions. They start to seem pointless because I don’t know anyone who’s kept a single one! I know that I haven’t. As exciting as New Year is, (and don’t get me wrong, I love celebrating it!) we serve a God who makes all things new at any time and who offers second chances all year long, so as Christians we don’t really need a new number at the end of the date to make a change. All that being said, I read something interesting that made me think of a New Year’s Resolution I actually wanted to pursue. It was an article of some advice for 2016 rather than resolutions from a blogger named Brooke Putney. Here’s the link, check it out: http://www.brookeputney.us/sixteen-pieces-of-real-advice-for-2016/
One piece of advice was to appreciate technology, but not overuse it. To do this, Brooke mentioned to scroll through Instagram when you’re alone, not with people. It was a small sentence that would have been easy to skip over, but it’s been turning over in my head ever since I first read it. How different would my life and relationships be if I practiced this simple thing? If I didn’t use social media when I was with other people?
It seems like such a basic, obvious thing to do. Of course you shouldn’t be on your phone when you’re with people! But how often do I scroll through pictures when I’m driving somewhere with my friends or family? Look at my Twitter feed when we’re all together watching TV or a movie? Check email while I’m walking to class so I don’t have to talk to anyone? Pull out my phone at an awkward pause in conversation?
I want to break this habit. It’ll be tough because it’s been so engrained, but I think it’s worth it. I do love social media and I think it’s a great way to connect with people and express creativity, but it should be used when I’m alone. I don’t want to miss a single moment, so I should probably put my phone away more often even when I’m by myself! All that being said, in 2016, I want to resolve to be more present, something I think all millennials could take much more seriously. I think putting my phone down is a great way to start. Will you join me?