Community in the Technological Age
First things first. A Happy, Joyful, Refreshing, Inventive New Year to all!!
We have now collectively bid 2014 an official good night, sleep tight.
Welcome 2015, the fresh, clean, inspiring energy of an unmarked year! So
much potential, so much delight, so much challenge, all lay ahead, like the
first page of a much anticipated novel, beckoning for your undivided attention.
I am still glowing this morning with the warm feeling of connection, friendship and love
and it's power in my life. Although a quiet New Year's Eve at home, simply texting and receiving texts
from friends all around the globe, from Hawaii to Saskatoon, Chilliwack to Florida,
Toronto, Winnipeg, Shanghai....is a sheer delight. A technological wonder in an amazing
age of ease, instant gratification and when wielded appropriately, connection!
Although I am not the biggest fan of social media, (read hate it), and its general aggrandizement of self absorption, (Says the hypocritical righteous blogger), I do still get a sincere giggle, smile and deep pleasure from greetings from friends sent directly to my phone. The personal touch. The modern version of a phone call. This amazing device I still marvel at daily. The camera! Texting?!And of course, the phone....voices bouncing from satellites while we, ourselves in transit careening through space and time, go gaily about our day getting (Impatient ?#%&*! ) at times we don't have a signal momentarily, or it dare take several more seconds than our immediate action packed lives would demand.
So in the spirit of newness; a fresh start and clean beginnings, the dawn, or rather noon of a new day and new year, I revel in the genius of our 21st century, it's pitfalls, graces and gifts, and am AMAZED at the ability to stay connected with such ease. I am reminded of our humanity, heart, smiling faces and love behind all the beeps, blips, chirps and bizarre ring tones. In this moment, I am grateful for technology and its gift of staying connected with such tremendous ease to my friends and loved ones out there, where ever you all may be! Wishing you all the best in the new year ahead and the courage to pursue your dreams, and stay truly connected to what, and who, matters most to you. I know I for one am going to try my damnedest.
'No matter what your past has been, your future is spotless!' -unknown
“God* bless us, every one!” -Tiny Tim
(* or source, or universe)