Friday, January 3

Not Tethered to Today's Technology 1/3/14

      Good evening,

Yes, I'm back, two days in a row.  I'm tired.  Very.  Five clients were seen today.  On top of moving to a new home this week, I stayed true to my
weekly work schedule.

Gratitudes for This Evening:

1. I'll sleep in tomorrow. Ya ay! Rest is appreciated.
2. The day was varied in its demands.  Being challenged, having my competency tested is invigorating.
3. I'm settling in at my new place.  I value the peace of mind, joy, harmony and tranquility enjoyed at my new digs.

     A New Toy: Ho Hum

     With great reluctance, I purchased a high-end smart phone with all the bells and whistles.  It is used to make calls and text messages.  That's all.   I'm so busy, I don't have time to learn how to fully use it.  I got a new telephone because on the day I moved, I misplaced my old phone.  It is being devious and remains hidden.

      My response to losing the phone is encouraging.  I loved myself, being gentle towards myself.  Moving is disorienting. Life happens. If misplacing a phone is my greatest challenge, life is treating me extremely well.
"Condemning my imperfections has never enhanced my appreciation of life or helped me to love myself more."   Hope for Today, p 19
       I see most everyone, everywhere beholden by this social devil, caressing it alive while texting, playing games, or using it as their computer in a pocket or maybe, even using it to make a call.  My fingers, however, are not trembling, itching to play with the many possibilities it offers. It will remain that way, and will not possess me, is my guess.  It is my servant, I am not its.

       I'm relieved I'm not consumed by the enticing abilities of this new device.  I prefer the quietness of reading, writing, reflective solitude, tranquility, and time alone with God or having a conversation the old-fashioned way----face-to-face with another.

       Since Tuesday, this new toy---which came with a beautiful blue cover--- remains tucked in my back pocket.

 4.   I'm thankful for autonomy, not being tethered to today's technology.

How About You? 
What are your three gratitudes for today? 

2 comments:

Carl H said...

Dear Innkeeper,

On this Saturday night, I am grateful for...

1. A quiet, reflective and healing prayer tonight with our second oldest son.

2. Catching and blocking a pending, fraudulent bank debit card charge online late last night, before it went through.

3. That on my day off, my sales manager kindly arranged for a colleague to handle a second delivery to one of my better customers in S.F.

4. Priming the pump the "Downton Abbey" Season 4 Premiere tomorrow, with tonight's PBS rerun of Season 3.

5. An unexpected and touching letter from my older brother who is in rehab in the South Bay; and doing well. He closes with..."I am so very fortunate to have a huge network of loving family and friends to come home to!"

DINA TOYODA said...

Hi Pablo, how are you? It's funny, I've been having conversations with my kids and other people about Smart phone. I purchased a Starbucks card, but was told that I need a Smart Phone to keep track of my benefits. People tell me how I can have internet and GPS and the ability to connect with others at my fingertips at all times, but I reply that I don't need those things at my fingertips! Life is already too hectic, just having a cell phone prompts us to use it at most inappropriate times, like driving. We need to slow down, not to speed up, to connect to our soul and the world around us! That's it - my ranting is over, thanks for providing a venue for it! God bless!
P.S. I forwarded information to you about Alameda USD policies on letting groups use their facilities.

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