I will be the first to admit I love technology. I love everything I can do with it, I love how it can make your life better. I have been working in the technology field for a little over 10 years now, and for me it's not work. Mainly because technology lets me use my creativity in a way nothing else can. I have never been good at drawing, nor could I ever paint anything to save my life, but designing a custom application to increase productivity, that is my canvas. I always have to know whats new, and what people are doing to make life better through technology. Our home is surrounded by technology. Everything from our TV to how we store and encrypt important documents and photos (it's mostly photos of Jack). I have a home office with a secure connection to my work network, and I have technology that allows me to connect to my home network from anywhere with an internet connection. I am by every meaning of the name a Tech Geek!
Now that I have expressed my love for all things tech, there is another side to the coin. That is when technology does not work. When hard drives crash, when bandwidth slows, and viruses take over. This is when the stress comes in. Although most of my lively hood depends on technology not working 100% of the time. I just like everyone else will crack under the frustration of system failures. Sometimes we all just need to reboot. Step away from it all, live like there is no internet, no smart phones, and no Facebook.
As much as I love technology, I have never looked at a line of code and felt like God was speaking to me through it (not saying it couldn't happen). All my life I have had this bond with the outdoors that was just so freeing and emotional. I have sat in the woods, and watched the sun come up over the ridge, and have become so overwhelmed with emotion, I could do nothing but worship God in that moment. I would think to myself how wonderful heaven must be. I am blessed that I have a wife who I can now share this with. A son who at 2 years old already shares my passion for the great outdoors.
So this is my resolution, my goal, and my restart. When I am with my family I will be with my family and not checking social media. When I am enjoying the outdoors I will not be checking cell service. When I am taking photos I will wait until I am home before sharing them with the world. This time is mine and everyone else can wait.
Technology is not some evil part of your life that has taken over. You just have to find a balance. Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening was my grandfathers favorite poem. He would recite the last stanza to my sister and I. "The woods are lovely dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep" Robert Frost. It always reminded me of how quiet and peaceful the forest is.