Can there be good in technology?
For all my hollering & yelling, ranting & raving, and cussing like a sailor (raised to the Nth degree), even I’ll admit there are actually some things about technology (and computers) that I like. That said, this week “Me” is standing aside in the wings while “Self” waxes eloquent. (Or at least waxes.)
*Cell Phones/Skype/email/texting. I was comfortable sending my daughter all over the United States and abroad from a young age because these made it easy to stay in touch. (I shudder when I think how worried my grandparents must have been all the years their daughter and granddaughter lived abroad at a time when phones were luxuries and none of us were diligent letter writers.)
*Adobe. Okay, while I haven’t bonded with Illustrator, it turns out Photoshop, InDesign and I have a thing going. With every new nifty trick I learn about the programs, I enjoy them even more. They’ve given me the freedom to expand my doodle abilities and venture into the world of art and creation.
True, the majority of my doodles are drawn by hand. However, once scanned into the computer the possibilities of what to do with them are seemingly endless. They can be combined with other doodles, manipulated to look different, placed on other backgrounds. Backgrounds can be of my own creation and photographs can be altered (or not). I can then take all these pieces and with the magic of technology, create things far beyond the sum of their parts!
*YouTube. Took me a while to realize I could listen to music on YouTube. I discovered TED Talks were out there as well. Eventually I realized most anything you want to learn about you can find online.
The power of YouTube is it allows you to do so many things … and on your time. A few examples include:
~Can’t sleep? Listen to a guided meditation.
~Can’t remember the correct order for placing jumper cables to recharge a car battery? Watch a tutorial.
~Want to have a yoga practice and are short on time, funds or both? There are hundreds, if not thousands of videos to choose from. (As I am so happy to have recently discovered.)
*Social Media. You can choose from the silly to the sublime, from the professional to the artistic to the humorous. Whatever your interest, of the 6+ billion other souls presently inhabiting the earth, there have to be others who share that interest. You’re no longer limited by geography.
A kindergarten teacher held up a white piece of paper, in the middle of which was a small black dot. When asked what they saw, all but one child said they saw a black dot. The lone dissenter said she saw a lots and lots of white and wanted to take her crayons to color it beautiful. Rather than focus on the one small insignificant dot, the young girl (obviously an old soul) focused on the wonderful things she could create.
With that story in mind, this week I’m choosing to focus what can be created. Care to join me?
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