My boys are enjoying Holiday World for the first time. I’m at home, trying to make the best of a quiet house. Seeing their excited smiles helps. I’m so happy for them.
But if I’m being honest, I’m also a bit sad for myself.
A positive attitude is helpful. But as I read scripture, I’m reminded that it’s okay to feel all the emotions. We don’t want to wallow, but we also don’t have to keep faking fine. It’s okay to admit when things are tough.
Are you reading this on a handheld device ? There is a good chance you are. Now imagine how you’d look like if that device suddenly disappeared. Lonely? Slightly crazy? Perhaps next to a person being ignored? As we are sucked in ever more by the screens we carry around, even in the company of friends and family, the hunched pose of the phone-absorbed seems increasingly normal. Remind yourself how strange that pose would look like if we removed the device from your hands. You would be starting at your hands or the empty space between your hands often ignoring beautiful surroundings or opportunities for human connection. The results are a bit sad and eerie and a reminder, perhaps, to put our phones away.