We're so busy selfishly updating everyone on what we're doing, we are removed from what we are actually doing. By taking time to tweet that we are enjoying a walk in the park, we miss the flowers we pass, the birds chirping, the moment. We have forgotten how to live in the moment. And so-called "smart phones" have made living in the moment even more difficult. Technology is supposed to help us - and it can - but it can also leave us feeling hurried, out of balance and out of touch.
Yes, out of touch. With life.
Because life is more than a status update. Life occurs outside of a computer or smart phone.
Ironically, I am writing this in a form of social media, selfishly convinced that people care what I think, read what I write. I mean, who am I to wax poetic about jack smack?
I'm not. I'm just a girl in the Midwest living with a bunch of dogs, outside more than in.
But, I am fortunate to have Mondays off work, and I try to celebrate this small fact every Monday. Today, I abandoned my own "smart phone" with its constant vibration gnawing at my subconscious, reminding me of responsibilities, and said hello to the moment - as many moments as possible - all day long.
Had I been "connected," I would have missed out on this:
|A blue heron fishing along the shoreline of West Branch State Park|
|my daughter's beautiful face in the sun|