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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Look Up -------

We've got our smart phones but we're a very dumb people.  It's time for my life to take a different turn.  I'm not happy where it is today.  I find that evaluations of my life on a regular basis is essential.  To be sure I am on the right track.  The track I actually want to be on instead of a road that has simply evolved, one that has just occurred by happenstance instead of by a concerted choice of mine.  Today, I'm choosing differently.   I have to.  I really do.  Today I am choosing to look up, into the eyes of those around me more than down at a mobile screen.  Today I'm going to leave my mobile at home, or alone, for an hour....or more.  I may even turn it off.....and go to the gym, or take a walk, or read a book.  Who knows what may happen.

I am 52 years old.  And as much as I love technology, it is plain to see what negative effects it has had on our human world.  The world of connecting on a human, lifelike level.  Oh, we're connected on the screen, no doubt.  But that's where it ends.  It's like a life half lived.   I've got a husband who needs me now.  Today.  Right this minute.  Far more than my need to answer a text message.  I've got a life that needs creating -- into a peaceful, warm environment.  Far more than my need to see if I have any notifications or "likes".  So what is the value if someone "likes" you on Facebook but hates you in real life. 

In a recent writing, I shared of my irritation with life in past years.  And I shared that I don't like it.  Today is a day to do something different.  Anything! 


Mark in DE said...

I share many of your concerns with how technology replaces human interaction far too often. The other night I was at a bar for karaoke and saw 6 guys, each standing by himself, staring down at his iPhone. I'm thinking "Why not look to your right and actually TALK to the person next to you?"

Ur-spo said...

This was well said.
I suspect many will see the wisdom you summarize here. I hope so any.

cb said...

When killing time on your own, the phone is great. but in the meantime, like when walking about, I like to look up.