Monday, April 12, 2010

Technology is a wonderful gift

It has broken through ignorance and opened our world to cultural exploration. Ways of communicating and naming “friends” is growing at a rapid pace. The inbox on my computer is saturated with the great breadth and depth of human concern, need, inspiration, friendship and humor. I barely escape a day without logging on to the computer and responding to and navigating through fields of interest.

Today my routine was brought to a halt. As usual I came to my office and pushed the power botton to on, only to hear a piercing shrieking sound coming from my computer. I thought, this can’t be so, of course I tried pushing the button one more time only to be met with the same penetrating sound and no sign of life coming from the computer.

This is when I had to be mindfully aware so that I would not lose myself in gasping breaths that would have me hyperventalating. There was an immediate restlessness that settled on my psyche. What was I to do this day? How could I be productive without my computer? I was certain that I was disappointing so very many people because I wasn’t able to give immediate responses to their questions. I felt as though my hands were tied, my voice was silenced and my longing to explore was locked by a void. It was only when I became aware of a paralysis setting in that I knew I was off balance. Since when did immediacy equal genuine care? Had I surrendered my senses to a machine? Spring is bursting with life and I need only take myself outside to breathe in the freshness of the air; to see the lacey green canopy that hovers over the walkways; to touch the earth and feel its birthing; to hear the birds singing their songs perched on the highest branch and daring me to see from which branch the songs are being sung. Yes, I need only to take myself into this Spring day to meet the stranger with a fresh greeting of friendship and to chat, if only for a while, about the beauty of this day.

While I am grateful for this reminder of lavish blessing in relating face-to-face, I cannot deny I am thankful that my computer is now repaired. I pray I do not become consumed by its lure.


  1. Thanks for the reminder to stop and smell the roses. We do let ourselves get too consumed by the "stuff" in our lives and forget the most simple pleasures. Bless you

  2. Wow... what a great reminder and very timely for me. Much food for thought.