I have been struggling to find the balance between technology and reality, specifically social media and the internet, even more specifically the phone that you might be reading this on right now, or have in your right pocket ready to fire as soon as vibration hits. You see, it’s a pretty beautiful thing to be able to stay connected on a global level. It’s actually quite a powerful tool that we hold in our hands. But how do you use that power? How do you balance that power with another force in your life, the force that’s right in front of you? No, not right in front of you on your screen… but the person that just sat down next to you on the bus, or the old man that is reading the paper in the corner of the coffee shop, the cozy cafe you pass every morning on the way to work. So many opportunities to connect right in front of us... with strangers, with our surroundings, with nature, but we so often them miss because we are drawn to the power we hold in our two hands.
It’s hard, living in this constant contradiction. We have this tool that gives us so much opportunity and connection, but we don’t want to miss the tiny details right smack in front us. Here’s just a few of my thoughts and you can take it, or you can leave it. I don’t mind either way…
Let technology be your compass. Let it guide you, point you in the right direction but then put it away. You know where you are going now, you don’t need it. Don’t let it be your security blanket, face buried in the screen to keep from making eye contact. Don’t let it distract you so much that you lose sight of what is right in front of you.
Make those connections. Meet those strangers, build those relationships. After all, isn’t that what life’s all about? The people you meet along the way? The places you find on your journey that make you feel at home? The people who spark something inside of you that you never even knew existed? The one who challenges you? The people who you meet and know instantly they were meant to be a part of your life? The park you stumble upon that brings you peace? The ones who break your heart? The ones whose hearts you break?
All of them matter. Even if they come and go in a blink of an eye, or they stay in your life forever. They all matter. You love them no matter what because they are a part of your story.
Let technology can be your compass, but don’t let it be your story. Let it help you share your story…but don’t let it carry all of your thoughts, your dreams, your tears. Save those for the incomparable people and places that make you who you are.
They are far more deserving than the screen you hold between your two hands.