Blog Submission By: Paola L
The technological advancements that have been made over the past decades are staggering. We can talk to someone on the other side of the globe in real time. Search a topic and have the answer in an instant. Heal a disease that was once the demise of millions. But in the process we have lost so much more. Conversations that have eye contact. Sharing ideas and experiences without interruptions from a cellular device. Time together that isn’t limited by emails, texts, notifications, calls and distractions. The art of connection to another human being has slowly been eroded away. It is a mere fragment of what once was. Like the ancient relic that is so painstakingly uncovered from an archaeological site. You can decipher its form but the once stunning details and edges are gone. The colors and designs are faded. It is but a shadow of its original splendor. And such is that of our existence. We have replaced expressing our feelings with ambiguous texts. Meals together where we discuss our day or our dreams with a screen. A heart felt greeting with silence. Have we truly come so far? Are we really advanced? Can we go back to a time that in retrospect was so much simpler? We can no longer recall important phone numbers in the event of an emergency. We have to check our calendars on our phone to remember a special event, a birthday or a dinner date. Long gone are the days of handwritten letters. Poems to the object of our affection. Love and fear expressed on paper. Just being in nature and taking in all its glory. But what it fundamentally boils down to is time. The one commodity that is worth its weight in gold. The one thing we can never recover. More precious than jewels and can never be purchased. Our time has been cluttered under the guise of advancement. Our intellect dummied down with useless stories and articles about people or topics that don’t enrich our lives. In fact, they deter from our growth and development. They occupy our time and steal away moments we can never recapture. We miss that one in a million opportunity for the endless onslaught of media and news and distortion we hold on to so tightly. And this all happens on a daily basis. Minute by minute. Hour by hour. So insidious. Surreptitiously devouring our awareness. Distracting us from the ones we love.
Many articles have been written about the end of life. The regrets that people expressed before they pass on. I can say with utmost certainty that not one of those souls wished they had more apps on their phones. Or that they spent more time texting or snapchatting. In fact, I can safely deduce that any regrets stem from the lack of time they dedicated to the people and the moments that were left in the dust while technology occupied their minds.
Our purpose in this life isn’t as difficult or evasive as it seems. We are here for each other. To make a difference in someone’s life. Not by texting. Not by playing Candy Crush. Not even by sharing a YouTube video. It is by the comforting touch of a hand. A tender word spoken at just the right time. A laugh that is shared during a time when you need it most. So I challenge us tonight, put down the electronic devices. Turn off the TV. Tear yourself away from the temptation to check that email. That notification. That Facebook post. Focus your attention on the one thing that in the end means the most: spending time with the ones you love. Help a stranger. Care for the sick. Listen to the broken hearted. Sit in silence with the one who has lost it all. I can honestly tell you that you will not be disappointed. You will glean from these experiences a deeper appreciation for the world around us and the people who are in it. Don’t let time slip away and then realize it’s too late. Live a life without regrets. A life where technology doesn’t take the place of the most important things in life…….which truly aren’t things.