Holly & Heather’s Handy Hint: Instant and Distant
This week’s hint, isn’t really a hint, but rather a reflection about our thoughts on our technology-driven world. Actually, maybe it is a hint. If you want immediate knowledge, communication, instantaneous information coming at you night and day, this is the era for you – especially if you’d like to be removed or distanced from “real life” contact. Imagine going to the library to do research or going to your neighbor to chat over coffee! What a thing of the past! Now this might seem hypocritical as we are currently using technology to blog at this very moment. And technology is great for so many reasons (see above re: library). But the majority of our concerns lie with how easy, fast and distant our social communication has become. From personal relationships to advertisers bombarding us with unwanted products and news, media and photos, we receive information that we did not ask to be privy to. In social media, it is hurtful to be subjected to comments to which we otherwise would know not of. In fact, technology-based negativity in our culture was one of the reasons we decided to start this blog after all! We hoped to spread a little joy and help, in a small way, to make this world kinder! With that in mind, go knock on your neighbor’s door today just to say hi! Pick up the phone to connect with a friend, work out a problem or just to say hello instead of texting or emailing them. Let’s all try to make today a little less instant and distant!!
ps Shortly after blogging, Holly was closing her curtains and happened to see her elderly neighbor walking her dog. Many people walk in the neighborhood each night but thinking about what she and Heather just blogged, Holly decided to go outside and say hi. Her neighbor smiled but looked sad and when Holly asked how she was doing, the neighbor shared that her husband had passed away. So they talked for a bit longer….and when they finished Holly thought how little a sacrifice it was just to walk out the front door and unexpectedly be able to comfort someone, face to face.