- Read and write mostly when everyone is asleep.
- Don't do this every night.
- Do research and quick specific emails during the day.
- Have a notebook to log what I want to accomplish online so I don't drift.
- Also, log what I did in order to keep track.
- Pray: AMDG -- devote internet time to God.
It was hard, which is a good sign -- muscle burn! Though it has been getting easier over time and now I have some habits to replace the old ones. Our chair by the fireplace is a great help! I also notice that I'm more keyed into what's going on around the house, and staying off the computer myself helps me keep the children away from the screen a bit more.
I think I was wrapping too much of my identity up online, which made it less "real". I wonder if this is universally true -- getting overinvolved makes things "less real", whereas a bit of detachment and "agency" puts things in a more real light. A half-formed thought there, and half-formed it will have to stay.
I notice that it's difficult to get back into the swing of things when I am not on here as much. I could easily drop off almost completely, though I've been trying to keep up with my online journal.
Karen E posted these guidelines for regulating things in our lives, according to St Ignatius:
- Things/people God wants us to enjoy
- Things/people God wants us to endure (or suffer)
- Things/people God wants us to remove (because they lead us to sin)
- Things/people God wants us to sacrifice (willingly give up, even though they don't lead us to sin)
Almighty and eternal God, who created us in Thy image and bade us to seek after all that is good, true and beautiful, especially in the divine person of Thy only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee that, through the intercession of Saint Isidore, bishop and doctor, during our journeys through the internet we will direct our hands and eyes only to that which is pleasing to Thee and treat with charity and patience all those souls whom we encounter. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.