Food For Thought

Do you ever take a moment to reflect on where the world is headed? It’s fascinating to see how advanced we’ve become yet I can’t help but wonder sometimes if we’ve taken 2 steps forward and 1 step back.

Sitting at a café the other day I witnessed almost every customer grab hold of a cell phone at some point, many of whom had company on the table. It’s disappointing that some people can’t hold up face-to-face conversations anymore without having to check their cell phones. I’ve been guilty of doing this on numerous occasions but I’ve been trying to cut down on it. It’s actually quite scary how technological dependent many of us have become nowadays. As a 90’s kid I would’ve never guessed that one day I would own a portable mobile device, laptop, and a bunch of other gadgets. There is no denying that these things have made life so much easier for me and I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, without them I wouldn’t be able to express my thoughts and opinions on this blog for example. I do believe however that there is a time and place for everything, and being that person who’s always on their cell phone when they have company is not someone I wish to be. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying people should quit electronic communication, but there is a time to text and a time to listen and take in one’s surroundings. Do you agree?

On another note, when did handwritten letters or cards become uncool? One of the few things that brings me great joy these days is sending or receiving a handwritten letter in the mail. Texting or e-mailing is quick & simple but when someone takes the time to sit down and write out something for me it truly shows how much they care, and I never take it for granted. For my best friend’s 21st birthday last month I made sure to include a handwritten card consisting of 21 things I love about her along with her gift, and she absolutely loved it.

Ending this post with a quote from Meredith Grey, my fictional therapist:

“Communication. It’s the first thing we really learn in life. Funny thing is, once we grow up, learn our words and really start talking, the harder it becomes to know what to say. Or how to ask for what we really need.”

Unstoppable

It was something about the presence of fears that increased the dreamer’s focus… When speaking of the future all the ‘if I’ statements became ‘when I’… And each time the dreamer was doubted it only increased the determination… See, failure forced the dreamer to have a priceless bond with patience. It taught the dreamer to be productive, even while waiting… To be disciplined, even after disappointment… To be optimistic, especially in the face of opposition… The dreamer understood three things:
1. We are never cheated out of the opportunities we are truly supposed to have.
2. Success that can’t be shared is impossible to sustain. We grow from what we give.
3. You don’t need everybody to get it in order to be great at it. They’ll only understand where you want to go if you don’t quit while trying to get there.
The dreamer lived by these, and because of it, the dreamer became unstoppable. ”

– Rob Hill Sr