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Angry, Angry Birds

Angry-Birds-LogoAngry Birds may have turned into an obsession or addiction, but it did teach me a few things about anger.

If you’ve ever played the game, you know there are different types of angry birds.

  •  A little red one that does damage on its own.
  • A little blue one that will morph into 3 blue ones for extra power.
  • A white egg-shaped one that will spin off into another direction when tapped.
  • A yellow triangle-shaped bird that will speed in for the kill at the right moment.
  • A black one that will hit the target, then in a few seconds explode doing even more damage.

I got to thinking that they all represent different ways we can exhibit anger or maybe different styles of anger.

  • Some people are like the red bird, they just spout off, and that‘s that, very direct.
  • Others are like the blue bird, they clone themselves, they bring several with them to spout off.
  • Then there are the people who are like the white bird, they position themselves to be deadly by hitting a target, but also aim for other strategic spots- sometimes they miss their mark and just spin out of control.
  • The yellow bird typeS start out to spout off and along the way gets more steamed up and hits hard at their target.
  • Then there’s the people who are like the deadly black bird, they hit their target then just explode killing or maiming the target and hurting a lot of other people in the process.  They really set off a fire storm in their wake.

Hmm, wonder which one I am when I get angry.  Can you pick out your style?  Or maybe we use different approaches at different times.

All I know is that each type of angry bird leaves a path of destruction, some worse than others.   And that’s what anger does.   It tears down and destroys.  Good word to live by:  be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.  James 1:19

Angry Birds, thanks for the lesson in anger and I wonder if you could find a gentler, kinder way to accomplish your goal.

Angry Birds, Goodbye!

official-angry-birds-addict-t-shirtIt’s a harsh reality when you realize that your life is filled with many addictions.  Major  and minor ones.   Technology may be a major one, but who would’ve thought that a silly little game could actually become an obsession or addiction.

Yep, I realized that I wasn’t only addicted to surfing the net, but also to a seemingly harmless game called Angry Birds.

It’s a hugely popular game.  The idea behind it is that you sling shot birds across the air so they can strategically hit all different shapes, sizes and formations of wood, glass, rock, etc. in order to kill pigs, monkeys, free birds, etc.  And of course there are levels, so it increasingly gets more challenging.

I could sit for hours and try to figure out how to kill those monkeys with the amount of angry birds I am allotted for a particular level.  And I literally was sitting for hours trying to do that!

So, “Angry Birds, Good-bye!”  You are no longer going to take up space on my iPad or in my 24 hour day.  You are deleted!  I mean, gone!  I had to do it, it was a tough decision but I decided I had to push that little red negative circle because it was wasting precious time.  I was foregoing conversations with real people, ignoring family, limiting my availability to attend a community meeting or helping at a local charity.

Am I going through withdrawal, you bet I am, but I’m betting that I’ll be a healthier person because of making the decision to say ‘enough is enough.’

Stay tuned for another lesson learned from Angry Birds coming later this week.

I think I’m an addict

using-ipadThese days I find myself online a lot, and when I say a lot I mean A LOT!  With wifi from cell phones, I can be plugged in 24-7.  My husband says I have an IV hookup to the internet.

What started as a habit has over time become, dare I say it, maybe even an addiction.  I’m always checking the latest postings on Facebook, tweets on twitter, e-mails, and LinkedIn updates.  Not to mention homes for sale, the latest sale at Coldwater Creek or the LOFT.  There’s endless things I can do and look up!

But my addiction really hit me over the Christmas season when family was home and I found myself physically present with them, but forgoing interaction to surf the net and check on Facebook to see what a ‘friend’ that I haven’t physically seen for six years was posting. 

My kids had made special arrangements to be here, spend time with us, and I was absorbed in my iPad.  I think we all can relate.  I’m sure we’ve all felt devalued by someone we were visiting or talking with because it seemed they were more interested in their phone than chatting face to face. I see it everywhere, in restaurants where families sit silently staring at cell phones instead of engaging in conversation, or before and sometimes during meetings where colleagues and friends sit glaring at hand held screens.  It makes you want to say, ‘Yoohoo, I’m here, am I not important enough to talk to or listen to?’ 

When I think about it, I’m really kind of a poor example of Jesus in that respect.  Jesus was and is always fully present.  He’s not distracted by other things.  He noticed the guy that climbed the tree to get a look at Him (Luke 19).  He even knew when a woman touched the hem of his coat ( Matt. 9).    He didn’t only know, He was fully present, stopped and entered into conversation.  I think it’s because he had His cell phone put away:).  He lived totally in the moment.

I’m going to ask Jesus to help me be more like Him and I’m going to try to be more like Him; I’m going to make sure I put my iPad and phone away when I’m with someone.  I’m going to look more attentively to someone who might be reaching out in a seemingly minor way or crossing my path because they may need to spend some time talking.  I’m going to try to live fully in the moment.