Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Absence makes the heart grow's TRUE!!

    When was the last time you cut off  your cell phone, backed away from the computer, didn't check your e-mails, or Facebook. or twitter, or Pinterest, or Blogger, or Tumblr. or Instagram or Linked In, or Youtube...ARRRGGGHHHH!!! my mind can't stop spinning with the endless ways in which we communicate and connect with each other and how cheap  and meaningless our interactions have become because of it.

     Besides face to face interactions, I remember when letter writing and a home phone were the
    only methods of communication we had, and I had to fight my two sisters just to get a chance to talk to my friends on the phone. LOL
     There was only one phone line and if someone was on it, the phone would ring busy to anyone else trying to call in. It was a real upgrade just to get call waiting, not to mention the celebration we had when three way calling was introduced. If a person called you and you were not at home, you missed the call. PERIOD. You couldn't stay on the phone for hours at a time in my parents house, unless it was late at night and you were sneaking to talk to someone because you definitely were not calling my parents house after 10:00 pm to talk to anybody, unless you wanted to get good and cursed out. My parents saw calls after 10:00 as being disrespectful.(My how things have chan We were not so accessible. Interactions were about quality not quantity because our method of communication was limited, and so was our time.

    Economic principle tells us that the scarcer a good, commodity, resource or service, the higher the price for that good, commodity, resource or service. Which got me thinking about that principle as it relates to the many, many ways in which we communicate. It didn't really start off that way. It really just happened organically. I'd started to Facebook, Pinterest, and Blog more then I was writing. My sister finally gave me an ultimatum. Either I get off of social media and finish my book or she was going to start releasing embarrassing information about me on said social media outlets. And trust me, she WILL do it. (That's the thing about family, they know where all of your skeletons are buried.) LOL.

    So, I did it. I logged out of Facebook and all of the other social media sites which send me automatic updates on my cell phone and I sat down and started writing. At first it was difficult. I kept thinking, I'm missing something, someone is saying something funny and I want to join in. Then as weeks passed by, I started writing more and more. Idea's started coming to me and the lure of being accessible to people wore off. It felt good not to have to RESPOND or REPLY. I posted a check-in post every now and then but that was it.
    That's when I started thinking about quality verses quantity in ALL area's of my life. There are things that I cheerfully and faithfully wait for because it's scarce and I tend to value and enjoy them more because of it.

    2. Sade CD's
    Here's my short list:

    1. Girl Scout Cookies

    3.Historical romance novel by my favorite writers.(this one is one of my favorites)

      Here are some things I think need to be scarcer so I can appreciate them more

      1. Social media usage-I love showing and telling people the things I do but somethings I think God just intends for us to experience certain events in our lives without photographing it to death and posting it some where for comment. I think we miss out on truly meaningful experiences because we are more concerned with trying to capture tit on camera or on video. Why not capture them with your mind so you can have memories for yourself.

        2. Cell phone/email access-No one should ever have 100% access to a person 24 hours a day, even if you came out of their vagina.(IJS) I don't know about you but, I think it becomes a power  trip(conscious or unconscious) for some people to be able to speak with you when they want to. People start to think your time is theirs. They start to think your life revolves around them and when you don't answer, they resent you or question you.

          3. Vibrator usage (Don't ask) LOL I think that ones pretty self explanatory.

          So tell me, what's on YOUR list ??? What would you like to see LESS of, so you can appreciate it MORE??