I just read yet another article on “Disconnect. Unplug. Spend quality time with your kids.”
Duh. Seriously, DUH.
When did we become so stupid? Ever see the movie “Aliens”? Ripley has one of the best lines: “Did IQs drop sharply while I was away?”
Of course you have to spend quality time with your kids. It helps them and it helps you. You didn’t have kids to ignore them. And if you do ignore them, well then you’re an idiot and you’re probably not reading the article that’s telling you to stop reading and go spend time with your kids.
I guess I just don’t care for the tone of these articles: it’s always that technology is evil and that we need to go back to the good old days. Well, I got a newsflash: the good old days really weren’t that good. They had their issues back then too. Ever think about what they did for toilets in the castle days? And their life span? Their teeth? Yeah, we don’t want to go there.
So, you have a Mac and an iPhone and you have kids and a job and a workout you want to do. So you figure it out. Prioritize, schedule, get rid of the crap that is not helpful, just like you do in your diet and your workout.
Just because you have technology doesn’t mean you have to use it all the time. Just because there are a hundred different lifts you can do with that barbell doesn’t mean you do them all in one day.
We all have lives to balance, or try to balance—and we figure that stuff out okay. I don’t need to read another article on the computer telling me to unplug my computer. I could use about 10 more good articles about how to improve my life. Or just one really good one.
Maybe that’s a solution if you’re overwhelmed:
Virtuosity in life, just like in the gym. Do the common uncommonly well. Then do another. And say hi to your kids along the way, even by text. By the end of the day, you’ll be flying.