On Not So Simple Life Distractions!

Hey all. I hope your week is simply wonderful :)

I was all ready to write a post about distractions and how there seems to be so much technology that appears to keep us connected, but in fact, keeps us apart. Facebook, twitter, email, instant messaging and so on, allows us to immediately connect with friends and family, yet there is a huge human distance between us, brought about by bits and bytes, wires, cables, satellites, wi-fi, small display screens, large compute monitors and so forth. There is lots of virtual contact, but sadly, little to no physical or human contact – relatively speaking of course.

Now, I am generalizing for the sake of my argument – but – it seems easier to send someone off a quick text message with a smiley face than it is to pick up a phone and call them. Or better yet, visit them in the real world (IRL) and show them a real smile.

Now, I’m one to talk! I use Facebook…a lot! But I do so for keeping up with thousands of Jazz Guitar players for my Jazz Guitar online magazine. I also use FB to keep in touch with out of province family members – AND – I guess somewhat more importantly, I have reconnected with cousins that I hadn’t been in touch with for many, many years! I’ve even Skyped with my sister who lives in the next province over from me. So, honestly, it’s not all bad. At least in my little corner of the world!

On the other hand, I do NOT own a cell phone or smart phone, preferring to talk to people face to face, or at the very least voice to voice on the phone. I like to visit friends in person and I love it when they visit me :)

All that being said, I am not a technophobe and I do realize the importance of social media and other modern communication devices. However, the way they are often overused can be worrisome! One can become totally dependent on such devices and can feel totally cut off from friends and family when they are lost or the batteries die out.

Which leads me to my original statement above: “I was all ready to write a post about distractions…” when I came across a video that – in my mind – says it all…and far better than I could have.

The video is called “Look Up” and was uploaded to YouTube in April 2014. It has since garnered almost 45 million – yes, I wrote million – views. Which tells me that there are a lot of folk who may feel the same way as I -  and we – do! Here’s a little blurb describing the video:

‘Look Up’ – A spoken word film for an online generation.

‘Look Up’ is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone.

Written, Performed & Directed by Gary Turk.

I honestly LOVE this video and its message, and while I might be preaching to the converted, I think you will too!

I am embedding the video below so please take the less than 5 minutes it takes to view it. It may not change your life, but hopefully, if you find that your social connections are lacking, it may help explain why, from both sides of the coin (ie: you and them).

Oh…and a slight warning…make sure you have some tissues on hand. This one made me a little more than misty-eyed!

Oh…and speaking of things social, I recently did an interview with Christy King from The Simple White Rabbit and if you haven’t checked out, and feel like doing so, I think you might enjoy it. Sounds a little narcissistic I know, but hey, what can ya do :) Thanks!

I’d love to read your thoughts on this topic so please, keep the conversation flowing by adding a comment below.

OH…and I’m now on Facebook if ya wanna be friends. You can friend me at https://www.facebook.com/lyle.robinson.528 Yes, I see the irony in that statement!! :)

Oh oh…can I ask one more favor please…I am trying to gain more “likes” for my The Joy of Simple Facebook page. if you wouldn’t mind, could ya pop over to https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Joy-Of-Simple/550286035018295?ref=hl and like my page pleeeeezzzzzzzeee! Thank you :)

Take care and all the best.

Lyle

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