Monday, July 11, 2011

Vacation, No Obligations...

Perhaps my favourite part of a obligations other than relaxing and enjoying the people you are with. This year I even vacayed from the Internet. I was offline for a full 7 days. I came back to 72 emails - most of which I could delete. It amazes me how much time the Internet can swallow of our daily lives. Some by choice, some by obligation and some by addiction. I must say, the cyber-vacay was refreshing. As a result, I am reprioritizing.

A week before the vacation, I froze my Facebook wall leaving only messages and email to check. Twitter and Blogger became dessert for when I feel like a treat...alongside any other frequented sites like Etsy and Smart Canuck. The result? Decreased time on the Net and more time for other things, especially family and friends. People messaged me when it was important and I did likewise. Gone was the underlying obligation to comment on people's posts and "like" things...because they couldn't on mine. Now don't misunderstand me, these things aren't obligations, they are usually fun, but can become obligatory habits.

And wall will remain frozen for the time being and I will message and email as required as well as enjoy in the odd "dessert." And thus...if you "follow" my online activity don't worry if I seem less present. I am using the motto, quality not quantity to ensure my Net time is enjoyable for both me and my followers. Besides...there is no obligation to share everything with the World Wide Web (nothing wrong with a little privacy either!) My statuses, posts and blog entries may be less...but my life will be a little richer too.

1 Peter 2:11-12

The Message (MSG)

 11-12Friends, this world is not your home, so don't make yourselves cozy in it. Don't indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they'll be won over to God's side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives.
-Don't indulge your ego...probably the less time I spend on the Internet, the less I indulge my ego. ;)

Please enjoy a short photo journey of last week's vacation to Sauble Beach as well as a video highlighting some of Rylyn's latest moves. Until next time...

Checking out Inglis Falls

Hiking back from another waterfall

"The water's cold, Grandpa!"

Catching some beach Zzzzs

Playing with my boat
"You bet I love vacation!"

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