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Mancave and computer? Time to cut the cord.Get outside and breathe the fresh air! Get out of your cave and enjoy the outdoors The pandemic has taught us that we are social creatures, and we need each other In the world of parks and recreation, we often lament how much […]

Mancave and computer? Time to cut the cord.Get outside and breathe the fresh air!


Get out of your cave and enjoy the outdoors

The pandemic has taught us that we are social creatures, and we need each other

In the world of parks and recreation, we often lament how much time kids spend in front of screens. We try hard to offer outdoor activities that engage the body, mind, soul and spirit.

Get outside and breathe the fresh air! Walk, hike, run, play, swim, take pictures, draw, garden, birdwatch, go rockhound. If I am reading things right, the battle of trying to get people off their screens might be getting easier, thanks to COVID-19.

How so, you may ask? Well, it is kind of like eating brownies. I do not know about you, but when I smell those hot brownies that just came out of the oven, it is ridiculously hard to only eat one. In fact, it takes a tremendous amount of self-control to not eat the entire pan. Is there such a thing as eating too many brownies? Perhaps there is.

I think the COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to indulge in screen time indoors, alone, and everyone is now getting sick to their stomach. Zoom meetings, Zoom school, online this, online that. As near as I can tell, the appeal of brownies has just worn off, and people are waking up to the fact that they need to eat some healthy food, have healthy interactions, and start living life in the real world again.

I’m not suggesting being reckless, but yes, I am saying that living in a cave by yourself with your computer as your companion is not at all healthy. God made people social creatures, and we need each other. You cannot live a healthy life hiding in your cave.

One thing that really bothers me about the response to the pandemic is the level of fear people have been living under. People driven by fear do not make good choices for themselves or anyone else for that matter. Fear takes hold of your thoughts and consumes you. You lose the ability to think logically, you lose the ability to react, you become insecure and rely on others to tell you what to do. Your world view is skewed by the fear-colored glasses that you have put on.

Being brave does not mean that you are never afraid. It means that you choose to overcome your fears and you do not let them control you. You set aside your fear-based thinking, put on your logical thinking. You look at the facts and make thoughtful decisions. You do not react negatively to other people about things you have no control over. You show kindness and graciousness even if you do not agree. If necessary, you stand up for what you believe is right and true.

For those of you still hiding in your cave, I highly recommend that you put down your screen and come join us outside. It is nice out here. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and believe me, the risk of getting COVID-19 is nowhere close to as bad as the risk to your health of eating brownies in your cave.


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