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Day 40. Mary Lynn Hendrickson: Turn off the technology

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Each day of Lent (minus Sundays) we'll bring you words of wisdom from spiritual guides.

40. Mary Lynn Hendrickson: Turn off the technology
We can spend time away from our spouse but not our cell phone. The VCR giveth and taketh away: taping Dr. Phil one minute and chewing up treasured family memories the next. Taking a day off from our love/hate relationship with technology can be a valuable spiritual experience. It can help keep our frustrations at bay, our expectations in check, our priorities straight.