Thursday, January 29, 2009

What I Need...

A lot less this:

A bit less this:

And much more this:

I was watching today about the US Postal Service. The talk is that they may cut down to running five days a week instead of six. The "experts" on the news were saying that if they go through with it, they'll go under. That the people will turn to other carriers.

Now, I don't really care all that much about it. The only time I really use the US Postal Service anymore is to send my tithing and Christmas cards, and occasional other things. But I was really bothered by a part of the story. At first they were talking about how we all pay our bills online so that really cut down on their business. But then they said "We used to sit down and write Grandma a letter, now she gets an email." All of the sudden I was really upset. I began to think about when the last time was I wrote a letter.

I don't remember the last time I wrote a letter.

Over the last few days I've been converting old cassette tapes to CD on the computer. Today I have focused on all of my old southern gospel music. Yes, I'm a Mormon. Yes, I love southern gospel music. Old southern gospel music. My maternal grandmother joined the church when my mom was like 8. Before that they were Southern Baptist. All of Grandmama's family is still Southern Baptist. (and some of the best people I've ever known) One of their favorite things to do was get together and attend the Southern Gospel Convention in Nashville every year. So I sort of grew up with it, too.

But I digress.

As I've listened to this music today, and then read about the US Postal Service, I was struck with a deep desire to.....slow down. So much of what we're losing in my generation, and especially my kids' generation, shouldn't be lost. A basic goodness. Forgetting what the world thinks, and focusing instead on what the Lord thinks. Reaching down to lift others. Learning to stop once in a while. To enjoy quiet. To spend time around the dinner table with our children. To teach them values and principles and truth. To teach them to put others before themselves. To remember those who may be lonely or in need. We need to teach them to send Thank You cards, not emails.

Sitting on the porch swing visiting with my kids won't change the world. It won't guarantee world peace, it won't improve the economic crisis.

But it's a great place to start.


Gale said...

Ditto! We are the only family i know that doesn't have a game console of any kind and we don't have a TV in our living room (we have one in our bedroom but we have never had one in a main living area) I think that is why my girls write music, read and play games so much. I love a slow pace with lots of family time.

P.S. It is easier to not have a game console when you have all girls, if I had a boy I there is no way I could get away with it.

Ashley said...

I'd be swarmed and clobbered if I tried to do away with the games completely, but I really need to set some limits. I've been working on a new plan to "discuss" in family council tonight, but I know the're all going to whine. They got a WII for Christmas, which is fine, but now it's time to ease up a bit. Wish me luck!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Thank you notes should ALWAYS be sent via mail. As much as I love beautiful notepaper, I don't love my handwriting.

I like Gale's thoughts on not having a TV in your living room. We don't either - but I must admit to watching a lot of DVDs with my toddlers in the playroom. But really it's often background noise to their play. I don't know why they insist on having them running...

I hope that I an integrate more "family time" sans technoglogy as the kids get older and become more converstaional.

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