Technology, September 6, 2012 Daily Reflection

Spencer’s picture he made on “paint”

Spencer created this picture on the computer through the Paint program. I think it is adorable. The blue dots are not tears but sweat falling off of his head. He did not sit down with crayons and paper to create this picture. He asked if he could color on the computer and download it to his flash drive.

Oh how times are changing. Technology has come so far in just 20 years. I remember my oldest brother bringing home one of the first personal computers ever in the early 1980’s, when I was very young. I remember my 1st cell phone, it was huge. I remember in college taking a class that introduced the idea of email to me and how to use it. Now my 93 year old grandma has a Kendal and my children enjoy creating power point presentations and coloring pictures on the computer. My oldest son reads from his Kendal and my daughter shares humorous sayings she finds on her IPOD touch.  Technology is moving quickly and my children are moving right along with it.

The only guarantee we have in this life is that there will be change. If we choose not to adapt to the changes and resist them we will be outside of the loop. It’s ok to read a book instead of a Kendal. It’s still acceptable to smell a new box of crayons and use them on a white piece of real paper. We don’t have to text or email people we can still pick up the phone and call them.  In this life we have to make decisions constantly.

Technology is developing at a rapid rate but that doesn’t mean our old way of doing things is useless. We should be aware of technology and how it will better our lives.  But we should also be cautious of how it can disconnect us from reality. Having over 3,000 friends on Face Book should not replace your 3 best friends in real life. Texting I love you mom on a phone is not the same as hugging her and saying it in person. As I always say it is a balance in all areas of our lives that keep us where we need to be. So balance technology with living your lives to the fullest. Use it when it helps but turn it off when the real thing is more important.


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