I'm not a "Techi-chick" by any realm of the word. I can open my email, I can complete tasks on the computer at work and I can use my phone but to do really cool stuff - not so much. However, I am VERY thankful for the advancements in technology over the years. Not because they make my life easier... because often they frustrate me more than anything! But because technology closes the gaps and miles between myself and my family & friends.
Looking at the photo above I had to laugh. I had one of those large video recorders when my son who is almost 19 was a baby. It took a small workout to hold that thing up and focus on him as he cooed and made cute noises. I was thrilled when I finally had a stand I could attach it too so I didn't have to hoist it around. I was able to capture all of those AHHH HA moments with my new baby to share with family and friends. Well, that was my intention. Make a video, make a copy of the tape (VHS) and send it along to family across the country so they could enjoy him too. I don't know that my family ever received one tape! It was a "hassle".
The Walkman, ohhhh I did love my Walkman! I would buy tapes, pop them in and I was ready to run. Music cranked and strollin' along. I'd have to carry it with me, tossing it between one hand to the other. I'd find myself fussing with the cord, eventually I'd wear a tape out and my Walkman would become a tape eating monster. UGGG You can only imagine my excitement when I could finally put a CD in a Walkman for my runs. Yeah that didn't last long either. I'd have to balance it just so, because one out of sink movement and the CD skips and your musical moment over. Today I have an ipod with 1000+ songs on it and it's the side of a credit card and nearly just as light. I can slide it in a pocket and not handling or fussing required awww and I don't have to search for CDs or tapes. All my favorite tunes downloaded and ready for action.
And then came cell phones. Oh yes, they were BIG and in a BAG and they connected us when we were away from the house. Now you need not be home for people to connect with you, they could call you anywhere, anytime. Wonderful, unless you didn't want to be connected. There was not excuse for missing a call and if you did people knew it was intentional oops! No hiding out now.
Computers have advanced from gigantic desk tops which required nearly an entire room to host them to a lap top, to an ipad to a cell phone.
And here we are 2013. The cell phone today - my connection to the world. Not just family and friends, the entire world linked by one technologically wonderful hand held fits in my pocket device.
On my cell phone I have all of the phone numbers I used to have to write down, addresses both physical and email linked to a person. I have photos galore, I have favorite websites and quotes. I can peek in on my friends on Facebook. I can do my banking on my phone, I can send an email. I have an app so I may look up bible verses. I can shop online. I am able to both take and send a photo as well as receive a photo. I can send an instant message in the form of a text and receive one in return just as quickly. On that little hand held device, lies my connection to my world.
I'm not someone who always appreciates my phone. I don't like it when people get upset because I don't "reply" or answer my phone. It isn't a piece of my being. Sometimes I like to put it aside and enjoy the people who are with me here and now, without the distraction of "the phone".
I'm willing to admit, I spend a lot of time being "connected" and realize sometimes it is simply just rude to allow the phone to interrupt the time with those I'm with right now. I find it very rude when you are having a meal, be it at home or out to eat and someone feels they must be texting or talking when that time is clearly "your time". Not meaning "my" time, but US time. Or when you meet a friend and they are consistently checking their phone. Is there really something more important, because if that is the case, lemme move on I've got plenty on my plate most days myself. I don't like to be disconnected because someone is so connected to their phone. *But I get it, I have my moments as well - of which I try and be mindful of.
I am not someone who does a lot on my phone ~ but I most certainly do appreciate what I am able to do. For instance: In the middle of the day when I am thinking of a friend who I know has been having a rough go of things.... I might send a "Pick them up text" for no other reason than to tell them they are being thought of & to make them smile.
I might take a photo of my daughter with a super cute hair do and send it on to my grandmother, to bring all those miles a little closer together - allowing her to share in our morning.
I might find something funny that I know only my sister will get and download it and send it to here.
There is something rather sweet about getting an "I love you" in the middle of the day from my husband or kids.
My son being off at college, there is nothing more assuring in my little world then to get a I LOVE YOU MOM text to let me know he's remembered me and he's alright.
Pictures, ok If I have admitted it once, I've admitted it a million times, I love pictures of my family & friends and yes, I may have a problem with taking too many. Here I would like to suggest they get over it! ;) I'm not going to stop taking pictures so just GRIN & BARE IT!
LET ALL YOU DO BE DONE IN LOVE
1 Corinthians 16:14
For all of the negatives that technology has brought forward into the year 2013, there are plenty of positives to combat them.
Today as I type my blog, on my laptop before checking my facebook and plugging in my phone to charge it, I am pausing and saying THANK YOU for connecting me to my family and friends. There is something pretty awesome in being able to touch others on a whim through technology and change their day. To be able to send a note and have it arrive in a moments notice and not have to wait three days for it to arrive via mail. To send a photo for an instant smile and not need to take in the roll, wait to develop, pick up, place in envelope, send, wait a week for its arrival.
If you really think about it.... We've had this "instant technology for a million years! When I want to speak to God, it is an instant message to Him the moment I begin to speak. My husband often asks "what if we have an electrical failure, then what"... Oh the comfort in knowing that the direct connection between myself and God will never be disconnected! And if there is ever "technical difficulties" ... it isn't God who isn't there or has kinked our line of communication, it is me. And I am able to fix it with a simple "Jesus".
SIDENOTE: I do appreciate technology, but more than I appreciate technology, I sincerely beyond words appreciate good old fashion pen to paper notes & letters ; )!