Being Connected – New Zealand Pt. 8

Mike —  December 19, 2011 — Leave a comment
Connected and Inspired

Wow, do we live in a connected world or what?

Traveling from Colorado Springs to Las Vegas, Shane and Tommo and I passed over Hoosier Pass at 11,500 feet.  Can you believe we still had cell service?  Sheesh, folks we had cell service where there were only trees for restrooms. I was posting pictures on Facebook while surrounded by 14,000 foot mountain peaks.  Amazing.

My first impression of this is that it was so cool to have cell service and internet at 11,500 ft.  The more I thought about it, the more I wonder what price we are paying for this.  It always amazes me when people camp where there is cell and Internet service – it seems like a tent and a cell phone should never be used together.  This journey shows me that it is getting more difficult to be anywhere that we can simply unplug.

Shane, Tommo and I had a tremendous 13 hour drive.  We definitely connected and had great conversations (and for those of you who know us, that means a ton of laughs).  We also shared a bit of the journey with those of you on Facebook who chose to follow along.

We have entered a time where we are connected by phone, text and Internet to friends all over the world.  The good side of this is easy to see.  What about the “not so good”?  We have all been in a room full of people where most everyone is texting or talking on the phone.  My question is this, how can we be “in the moment” in that room, with the people there, if we are disconnected from them completely?

There are people all around us that could use a smile or a caring word.  Especially during the holidays, there will be people with needs of all sorts standing right next to you.  Will you be texting and talking on your cell phone?  or being a blessing and an encouragement to those in the same room with you?  You will miss your next most important business associate or best friend if you don’t connect to the people around you.

Another observation.  This same scenario can happen in your own living room.  Will your family times in the next few weeks be times of connection?  or a time when you and the kids will set a new record for text message usage?

This is the finally stretch into Christmas!  That smile YOU share, just might make YOUR day!

Mike

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