It's usually good to take time out from something you enjoy, just every once in a while.
To get a fresh perspective, I sometimes need to get out of the instant connection to a thing.
Often a wee lateral thinking game can help change your perspective or look at a thing differently. But, to break out of a rut of giving way too much focus to the minutiae of the digital connection I had across multiple platforms, I needed to switch off a few things and focus my finite attention in other places.
It wasn't about shunning people or technology. Or about trying to be better than anyone. Nope. It was about focus and attention. You guys are great, but you aren't the source of love, hope, grace or peace that I need to more than just survive.
And now I'm back. And so what, I hear you say. Who cares?
So what happened? What did I learn? What mysteries have been brought to light? What creative genius has been sparked?
To be honest; not a lot.
Actually, that's not true. Mrs theWeir and I have had a pile of good times. And I finally sorted out calendar sharing so we know what's going in without having to have a daily meeting. Not that we ever did. Which may have been part of a wider thing.
But no matter.
I also cleared up my to-do list and work email box. Both down to zero before we went on holiday. Some hard decisions had to be made about priorities, but a fixed end date and a strong desire to not change it meant things got done that needed done.
Even better was being away in another part of our beautiful country, being a wee family unit, seeing friends, doing relaxed-pace things and getting to take some pictures.
Having a suspected shin-splint put a swift halt to my running for a few weeks too. Which was quickly replaced by finding longer (and quicker) cycling routes to work.
And I found other things to take the place of reading a Facebook timeline or Twitter feed every few hours.
Then I started playing Angry Birds.
I'd love to write this and say that I made a more concerted effort to pray and listen for God speaking as I read the bible. And while I certainly did more of both things, there was no earnest early mornings.
But I did pray more. And I certainly read more. But I think I have been listening more. Actually I'd say I'm listening the same, but I'm listening for something different. For a still small voice.
As I re-engage with social media, I'm praying I keep listening. Keep putting God first. You guys are great. But He is greater.
Grace and peace.