After realizing that the Internet service I had gotten for a really good price wasn't going to meet my needs and debating back and forth on which Internet service to sign up for, something dawned on me:
INTERNET IS NOT A NECESSITY TO LIFE!!!
I know that might come as a shocker to some, but it is true. I stopped and thought about how much time I spend sitting on my ass when I could be doing something - exercising, writing, reading, praying... the list goes on and on and on.
So, as of today I do not have Internet at home. I have an awesome coffee shop where I can get wi-fi when I need it. I also have my "smart" phone so I won't be completely off the grid. Spending money on Internet when there is so much more I can and should be doing is just not wise for me right now and I am trying to live more wisely.
|Solid Rock Coffee House, located in Huxley, Iowa|
This whole process got me to thinking about how complicated we sometimes (often times) make life. I have friends who are missionaries in third world countries where running water is a luxury, where having food at every meal is not taken for granted, where kids are running around in bare feet because they have no shoes. And we think we HAVE to have Internet available to us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. I know not having Internet available to me at home is not anywhere CLOSE to the same thing as what people in other countries have to deal with.
But, for me, at this moment in time in my life, it has become necessary to say I don't need to spend the money on having wi-fi available to me anytime I want. I will have to be more conscious of using the time I do have online better - not just cruising around online for fun. I will have to be more intentional of how I use my time that I have been wasting online. I will rearrange my schedule so I can come to the coffee shop to do what I want to do after work and then I can go home to exercise and get things done at home.
This is not the end of the world as we know it. I will survive!