I struggle with setting appropriate limits for my kids. One helpful practice has been taking a digital Sabbath.
Once a week we turn our phones off (I actually keep mine on vibrate in case I get an emergency call for the synagogue), and we focus on each other.
It's hard. Have you tried it? But when it feels tough, I often think about a saying I heard somewhere: No one dies wishing they had spent more time at the office.
It seems so easy. But it's not, because of “the drift.” Without intention and a clear path, we will simply drift in whatever direction the tide is going.
The drift of the culture is to be on 24/7. Our employers, our friends, perhaps some members of our family worry if we don't respond right away to their call or text.
But here's the truth: the most important part of any electronic advice is the off switch. We can confront the drift. [You can get support for fighting it here.]
But we need help in doing so. And
we can find it online. That's the purpose of the most amazing digital community I have experienced—The Thrive Program.
It's based on the teachings of Zig Ziglar, one of the wisest and most influential teachers of the last century. It takes his teachings and applies them specifically to the needs of families today.
It's opening for new members today. Check it out here. It'll be open for new members for only four days. So take the time to learn about it and give it a try.
P.S.: Because I feel so strongly about being intentional and want you to try this program, if you are one of the first 100 of my readers is to enroll in the community, you will get monthly check-ups with me where we can go through the seven areas of family life. Here is where you can sign up.