I have been blogging for over four years and visiting with you here at Lemon Lane for the last two. It's funny how a part of my life it's become and how easy it is to take it, and all of you, for granted.
Every morning when I get up my computer is sitting on the counter waiting for me to open it up and greet the day. It's amazing how quickly that ritual has firmly rooted itself into my life. While the coffee is brewing I will check my favorite social media spots and slowly form a plan for the day. Sometimes I get distracted (more times than not) and my quick check will turn into a half an hour.
Once my coffee is poured I will shut the lid on this grey distraction and head over to my favorite leather chair for my quiet time. I am nothing if not a creature of habit...
After my first cup of coffee with Jesus, I top off my mug, head over to the kitchen table and scribble a few intentions in my day planner and reconnect with my cyber friends. I look forward to reading your sweet comments (with the intention of replying but rarely the follow through, for this I am sorry) and head on over to your place to catch up with you.
Sometimes I feel guilty for the time I spend here. Should I be doing something more productive than passing on pretty tidbits to my facebook friends or blogging about the random and menial things going on in my life?
And so I try and imagine my life without all of you in it. How would that time be spent, who would I be connecting with or encouraging? What escape from the sometimes harsh realities of life would I have?
I firmly believe that we were created as relational creatures and that every generation has had their form of "coffee and girl talk", this is just ours. Is there a need for balance and boundaries? Should we set up time limits and make time for real life friendships? Most definitely. But is my time spent here wasted? I don't think it is.
The joy, heartache, advice, encouragement and cyber friendships that I've formed on this little grey box have helped me stay connected in a way that wouldn't have been possible in real life. There is no way I could have visited with all of you in person and I would have spent the whole day on the phone trying to catch up on all of your news without the Internet.
And how would I have updated you on the fact that I have six little pumpkins growing in my pumpkin patch and shared this sweet little pyrex bowl full of cherry tomatoes that my grandson picked for me this weekend. And who would have looked at the seven pictures I took of them? You know, the important stuff...
I'd love to hear your thoughts on the subject and whatever else is new in your life.