Have you noticed today how little interaction with people there is? There was a time that was not that long ago that we went to stores, asked for help, chatted with the knowledgeable people that were a part of an organization where we bought things we desired. We seemed more conscious of our decisions. We appeared to cherish one another’s opinion.
Now it seems even when we enter a grocery store or fast-food restaurant, we go about our time there interacting with no one. We can order online, we can step up to a kiosk and place our order to be picked up. We wait patiently for them to call our number to get our food. Do people even wear name tags anymore? Do we even care what people are named?
I’m just curious because, in the day and age of things getting faster and more technical, it is also a time the workplace is going to collaborative open workspaces. Yet we see no names, we don’t know the person sitting next to us, we put on our headsets to try to drown out the noise around us so we can concentrate. In an effort to collaborate, it seems to be having a need and desire to hyper-focus. Where those that are nearby search desperately for some time alone, however, are continuously surrounded by others.
Have we created a need to seek solitude because we lack the peace the human spirit desires?
As I gaze over the river on a lazy vacation morning, I watch the sunrise. I listen to the birds’ wake from their night’s rest. I watch as the sun crests over the horizon to begin another day. I watch the ripples of the river as the water meanders downstream. I can see the currents flatten the water and create small pockets of peace as the surrounding water crests around it. It is the dance of nature that surrounds us daily that we are no longer paying attention to because we seem to be trying to move too fast and not enjoying those things that are not in the portals of technology we all have in our hands. The digital connection of those things that technology has produced yet we neglect to connect with those that physically surround us. What are we missing?
I could spend all day staring out at the sky and watching the clouds move, and the water shimmer from colors provided by the sun. Do yourself a favor. Take your eyes off of the technology you hold. Look at what you see and let your fingers flow from your mind and describe your vision. You and only you can tell me what you see.
I’ve shared my view, now it is your turn.