Are We Under a Spell?

December 12, 2019 11 Comments

Are We Under a Spell?

(Gabriella & Dad at work)

Are We Under a Spell?

This picture started it all… (found this gem in my journal after leaving it unattended for a short stent).  My heart melted...tears swelled up a bit! I will never lose this page and it will forever be apart of my journal!

This made me stop…  and ponder… am I being intentional enough?  It seems to me like we’re all under a spell?  Yeah… if you can’t tell I've been doing some late night reading with my kids lately "The Golden Princess and the Moon".  It's a retelling of "Sleeping Beauty"  We are almost done and our family has really enjoyed it.

But really follow me for a moment…  we all see it but do we notice it? The cold glow of that harsh light reflecting from our phones, tv’s, iPads, readers, tablets, heck you can’t even drive your car any longer without looking like a “glow in the dark swatch watch”!  Our eyes have become the victim of hypnosis (the spell).   

Our minds have become rooted in a stream of constant engagement (spellbound).  But imagine with me for a moment... what if we could break the power of it’s spell over us?  What would that even look like?

Would we be more patient… kind… loving?  Could we see our neighbor and their needs?  I wonder if just reading this “lengthy” post your mind is already being pulled towards the next stream of engagement?  The magic is working... but not in our favor.

Well... stop and break the power of this curse! 

Understand: I’m most certainly not “dad of the year” preaching to the masses… I’m a dad just like you who is trying (with many failed attempts) to pour into the next generation. 

Moving Back Into Reality:

In fact before I began typing this email I first penned the words into my journal. There is something special about the texture of pages between your fingers or the feel of the pen gliding between the blue lines…  I wanted my kids to visibly see me think and write… without the glow.

I made a decision awhile back to turn the TV off and read to all my children before bed.  This has been a huge success and now they are begging every night to hear me read the next chapter.  Every chapter has ended with, "read just one more... "

But, the power of the spell is strong and continues to pull me back.

I want to hear what you think… reply to the blog below or better yet… write it in your journal and get out of the stream.

Oh… and if you don’t hear from me before Christmas… (hoping that one, or both of us can break the spell...) 


I truly wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

- by Rick Holtz a father in support of establishing our families!

 

The Definition of Magic

"That depends on what you mean by magic.  Some think of magic as tricks and illusions, willing things to be otherwise than what they are.  That is not magic but deception.  Magic is true to the harmony and nature of things, nurturing things to grow into what they really are or purifying them into what was originally intended" -The Golden Princess and The Moon


11 Responses

Mark Lish
Mark Lish

December 15, 2019

I had similar feelings when my 3 daughters were much younger and the TV beckoned each evening after dinner. For 15-20 minutes each night thereafter, we’d read from the Bible instead of grabbing for the remote, beginning first with the New Testament and then moving to Proverbs and on through the rest of the Old Testament, one or two chapters at a time… We eventually read most of the Bible over the course of several years. It changed their lives and mine, too, and blessed us in ways we could never have imagined. They grew up too fast and are now all on their own, but the time we spent will be with them and with me forever!

Diane Morneault
Diane Morneault

December 15, 2019

You and your family are very blessed. It’s very uplifting to hear about a family that’s so close and enjoy each other’s company. Families don’t take the time to be together anymore, we all need to take a lesson from your family. I wish many more blessings to you and your growing family.

Barbara
Barbara

December 15, 2019

This is one of the most beautiful writings that I have ever read. Thank you so much for your contribution to family and to this World. I am so thankful to have come upon your business and am so happy to help support you and your values. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all of your family ♥️

Chris West
Chris West

December 15, 2019

Special words at a special time of year, but words that can be used for a lifetime! Thank you! Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to the Holtz family!

Mr. Kenneth Jenkins
Mr. Kenneth Jenkins

December 15, 2019

When we were raising our daughter, we read to her every night…from a book, or our minds. Long before these “glowing screens” became so ubiquitous. These are/were the times we cherish most. Looks like you are a man blessed seven times. God bless your clan.

Belle
Belle

December 15, 2019

Thank you for your encouraging words. My children are grown with children of their own but my greatest memories are of reading/telling bedtime stories to my boys. We love supporting Holtz Leather and we wish you a very blessed 2020!

Murray
Murray

December 15, 2019

May God bless you and your family during this awesome time of year. Good to know others are seeing these electronic devices for the distractions they are.

Kris
Kris

December 15, 2019

Amen, Brother!!! Thank you for the encouraging words and we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!!

Vince
Vince

December 15, 2019

Wishing the best to you and your family over the holidays!

Mike
Mike

December 15, 2019

I have been following and purchasing Holtz since you were on Glenn Beck
I always feel good buying and supporting your company and family.
Merry Christmas

Cheryl Wurthmann
Cheryl Wurthmann

December 15, 2019

Rick, thank you for your words of wisdom.I read to my two sons when they were little and they loved it too.

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