We began this blog talking about community, depth and technology. And if you’re like me, you may be at the point where you are asking the question, “So what?” So let me give you an example of how all of this affects my life day-in and day-out.
A few weeks ago, I had one of those days where I felt like I was pulled in all sorts of different directions. I felt like I did a hundred completely different things without accomplishing anything. It was like looking at myself in a mirror, then smashing it to bits. I saw pieces of myself, but did not feel whole.
Part of this was due to the sheer volume of people and experiences I took in that day. It wasn’t so much the number of places I was in, because I was only in a few physical spaces. But in those hours, I traveled a much greater digital course.
In my office I traversed a wide variety of roles and responsibilities by simply clicking through my inbox.
At lunch, I sat with another person, but kept an eye on each of the three or four text message conversations I was having.
Over coffee, I half listened to the person who had joined me and half re-formulated the Facebook message I started after showing up early and not being able to endure silence.
Between each destination I listened to podcasts, taking in information without internalizing anything but the comparison of myself to the speaker.
Then I got home and put in enough time with the wife and kid to not feel guilty for catching up on what I missed on Twitter and the blogosphere that day.
And finally, to “relax” I threw a TV show on and stared at a screen while just glancing at the people in my home.
My mind and my day felt like this:
I am sure on this page there are good and meaningful words, but if there are no margins or spaces to help make sense of it, what good are they? Margins help bring order, meaning, and purpose to the page. Without them, even good and meaningful words lose their power. It is just chaos that dizzies the brain.
So we may be physically present with someone, but the demand we allow digital relationships to have keeps us from experiencing true community in the moment.
We may take in great amounts of important information on God, but we don’t allow the time and space for it to sink in, saturate our hearts, and plunge us deeper into who He really is.
A life without margins keeps us from experiencing God and people at the depth we are intended to experience them. Even though we may be doing really good things, our busy and hurried activities lose purpose and meaning. All they really accomplish is scattering and fracturing little bits of our minds and hearts.
We need margin in our lives. How can we learn to create margin in the midst of a technologically saturated world, so we can experience God and others in a deeper and more meaningful way?
So, you have seen what a typical day without margins looks like from my perspective. How about you? What does your typical day look like? Can you relate? What parts of your day could use margins?