I like the idea of having art on the wall that inspires me to have a positive attitude.
Something like this:
I believe everyone of those statements. I also think it’s important to remind ourselves of the small things in life that make us different. When walking down the street I feel a splurge of confidence if I see a woman smiling while she walks or talks. Someone else’s smile has a way of lifting others spirits, and I want to be able to do that. It’s so easy to live in our bubbles today. We can talk on our phones, text, or the endless games and features when you add in an iPod or Laptop in every scene and scenario of our environment. When I first started college people would sit and talk before class. I met a lot of new people that way. By the end of my college career things had changed. People have 20+ ways to keep themselves distracted and busy. It feels like people are turning to a new way of life where no need of direct communication is necessary. With texting, emailing, facebook, and the endless internet, I wonder how kids are developing the social skills that we made when I was young. When I was a kid we had 1 phone line in the house, and we had a curfew/time limit just to use and share it. In 2008 it was reported that 71% of kids had their own cell phone. That is a HUGE number. Are cell phones a good thing, yes, of course. Is it necessary for over 50% of 7-12 year olds to have their own phone? Wow, that I’m not sure about. A “household/kids phone”, sure, I can understand that for communication reasons if a parent needs to reach their child.
I don’t know. I guess as strange as it sounds, I miss the days when people would chat in the hallway and on the bus. When people weren’t too “busy” texting and always having headphones in listening to music. It’s crazy how much the world has changed in the past decade. I can’t even imagine how much it’s still going to change in the coming years.
This topic has sparked a lot of conversations between Stephen and myself lately. I’m all for the advancement of technology, I’m just trying to find the balance in living life and “reading life” through a computer. We were discussing how weird it is that we can be so out of touch with people, yet know everything they’ve been up to without speaking to them in years. I think this is one of the reasons I have decided to delete some of my distractions, for example my facebook account. Not only has the company continually crossed the line with dissolving all privacy boundaries, but I’m tired of finding out that someone got married, had a child or lost a parent, without ever speaking to them. I have a cell phone, and I have not been the best at using it (I’m more of a one-on-one meet up and talk person), but i feel it’s time I pushed my own comfort zone and got out from behind the glowing screen of a computer.
So, if you need to reach me in the future drop me a comment here, or shoot me a phone call. I feel it’s long overdue that I get back to the basics of communication for a while. I have gotten way too comfortable keeping my distance from people. I love writing letters and receiving them. Emails are okay, but not as wonderful & personal. Most of all, I love talking over a cup of tea, or a yummy meal.
It’s time to share our smiles with the open world, friends. I hope some of you will join me. Let’s brighten this world up.