Day Ten: Oh, We are Halfway There...
Feels like your #SmartFreedom resistances are living on a prayer? I’m with you! Detachment is difficult! Today we’re going to take a minute to look ahead to life after day 21!
P.S. Here's the Checklist again incase the challenges are getting difficult to remember: #SmartFreedom Challenge Checklist:
No phone while driving (See Day Two).
No phone during meals (whether alone or with others) (See Day Three).
No phone in the bathroom (See Day Four).
No phone for your morning alarm clock (See Day Five).
Complete phonexamination of conscience (See Day Six).
Be Phone Free 1 Hour before bed UNTIL 1 Hour after waking (See Day Seven).
No phone in the presence of other humans (See Day Eight).
#SmartFreedom Rosary (See Day Nine).
VIRTUE OF THE DAY: Hope!
Day 10 Challenge: Take 20 minutes today reflecting on what #SmartFreedom could look like in your life. We recommend you take this reflection in Three Steps: (1) Imagine the future. (2) Reflect on Hope/Discouragement and Selfishness. (3) Make a plan.
PART ONE: Imagine it is Day 22. What fasts are no longer struggles? Which good practices have become habit? Imagine what life is like when you're FREE from always needing your phone in hand. What is your prayer life like? What about your relationship with your family? your friends? your coworkers? your community? your neighborhood? the outside world and all of God's beautiful creation? Where is there peace?
PART TWO: Here's what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says about Hope:
CCC1818 The virtue of hope responds to the aspiration to happiness which God has placed in the heart of every man; it takes up the hopes that inspire men's activities and purifies them so as to order them to the Kingdom of heaven; it keeps man from discouragement; it sustains him during times of abandonment; it opens up his heart in expectation of eternal beatitude. Buoyed up by hope, he is preserved from selfishness and led to the happiness that flows from charity.
Wow... there's a lot to unpack in there. I'd like to look at 3 words: Heaven, Discouragement, and Selfishness... one of these things is not like the other!
Hope in its essence is about Heaven--our ultimate HOPE and desired ultimate destiny. In Heaven, we experience pure freedom--no more attachments, no more tears, no more suffering, no more struggles, no more FOMO. Our attachments on Earth keep us from focusing on our ultimate goal--HEAVEN! Hope keeps our eye on the prize.
Hope keeps man from discouragement... do you know what keeps man discouraged? Smartphones. Seriously? of the 1000s of images you see each week, how many truly bring you steps closer to Heaven? How many drag you in the opposite direction? How much does your viewing of social media destroy your self-worth, as the joy-thief comparison waves its ugly head (with a perfect blowout)? Jesus said if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out... If your phone causes you to be discouraged, take your eyes off of Heaven, and take others that you love down with you--put it away. You do not need a drain on goodness in your hands!
Hope preserves man from selfishness. Here is a follow up question for your Challenge Reflection: How does my phone make me selfish? How does it make a game, a text, an email, a slack, a snap, a latergram, a story, an anything become more important that the person sitting in front of me? How does our selfishness further isolate me from the community? How can I break this cycle of self-absorption?
PART THREE: What are you going to do about it?