I've been thinking lately about the whole world of virtual communication.
I enjoy facebook, blogger, etsy, instagram, and the convenience of email.
I, like everyone else, can get lost in the computer screen for hours on sites like
flickr and now pinterest.
I think it's wonderful that there are so many different platforms for creativity
and opportunities for individuals to work from home.
It's crazy how fast a new online site can pop up.
I know this may make me sound
out of date or old but, it's hard to keep it all straight!
It can become additictive.
And worse yet, it can promote a loss of a connection with reality.
I have checked my facebook more than I need to.
I have blogged when it may have been better to meet a friend for coffee.
I have put alot of work into my etsy and wondered if it was time well spent.
And now pinterest.
I can find everything there!
Recipes, decor ideas, hairstyle tutorials, exercise plans, even a gazillion + more makeover ideas
for my face, my home, my yard, my garden, my life.
I read a woman's to do list for 2012.
It had dozens of BiG projects listed.
I couldn't help but wonder how all this doing would affect her marriage
and her relationships with her children.
I thought I was having a bad day the other day.
My husband was sick and out of state all week on a business trip.
Our 6 children all had the flu.
I had the flu.
The laundry mountain was HuGE
and my energy had flatlined.
After a few days of doing nothing I got out my computer.
I read several blogs of people that I follow
and I came across a difficult post of a woman who recently
lost her home, her marriage, and many other, what once were, blessings.
This is one of my very favorite on line people.
It jarred me.
I was so stunned that this woman had been going through all these tragic events
and I was completely clueless.
It reminded me that in the virtual world
what's being presented doesn't always line up with reality.
It is a difficult fine line.
If I am real, there are those who read that as whining.
And I have a conviction that if I'm not real, I am promoting a virtual fairytale image
that benefits no one.
I am not quite sure where that balance is.
In the blogosphere of interior design and inspiration
spilled milk and a ripped open garbage bags caused by family dog
aren't axactly inspiring or material for readers who want to sit at their computer
with a cup of coffee and wander into blogging bliss.
I love order, peace, elegance, beauty, simplicity and lovliness
but frankly, my world just isn't so.
No one's is.
I can fall into "Should my_____ be like that?" ditch.
Or maybe it's more like a swamp.
I get concerned about the influences that these images of virtual perfection
can bring into our own homes, our own relationships with spouse and children,
our standards and expectations.
Houses get dirty and need upkeep.
Marriage takes hard, selfless, devotion and humble committment.
Children need both of their parent's love, attention and affection.
The inspiration that I've needed to continue 'make overs' on these most important
priorities has not come from time on blogger, facebook or pinterest
but from being quiet before God.
No electronics needed.
No cell phone needed.
If you find that fine line between being real on your blog
without sounding like you're whining
let me know.
I want to continually stay there and write from that place.
I'd love to hear your thougts on how you stay real in a virtual world.