Monday, May 21, 2012

The Amish Project

 What if we all decided to do as Jake Reilly did and gave up all social media for 90 days?  I got a link from Dave Ramsey's website yesterday that took me to a You Tube video called the Amish Project. Jake is an interesting character. He graduated from Harvard with $90K in school debt and decided to get gazelle intense and knock it out in a year.  He blogged about it and actually paid it all off in 10 months. In the mean time he decided to give up Facebook, Twitter, cell phones, internet, email and anything else you can think of that would keep him connected electronically for 90 days.

It all started with a weekend with his best buddies. They had looked forward to all getting together and he realized they were all doing things in the same room that kept them disconnected.  One was playing Angry Birds, one was texting and one was on Facebook.

The fascinating part of all of this to me is our son Gabriel and his family just moved this weekend to a Plain Community.  For obvious reasons they don't have any electronics.  It is a simple and quiet life that they have chosen.  Which means that if I want to stay connected I have to start writing actual letters, which I did this morning.  It was interesting to actually sit down with pencil and paper and write an actual letter! It is a lost art for sure.  

Another son last week went up to New Hampshire for a year, working on a huge farm.  There is no electronics there either. So, another letter went out this morning to him.  All of this got me to thinking. Writing actual letters is a lost art. But what is lost can be found again. So I am conducting a challenge to each of my readers.

I would like to to write one actual letter this week.  Pencil and paper kind of letters. Pick someone in your life that you know would benefit and just do it.  Then, come back here and leave a comment and tell me about it. 

Here is a link to the video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpDQONK5-qI    
Can't wait to hear how it goes.
In Christ Alone, Jill


Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up".

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