Technology, it’s a love / hate relationship.
We love it for giving us the connectivity that we crave and the input desires run at an extreme high these days because we live in a insta-world for everything.
But on the other hand, we hate it for the same reasons when we want to disconnect or for and when it doesn’t work the way we need it to.
It’s an extra thing added to our plate that isn’t just full, it’s spilling over from the tower of things we’re trying to accomplish.
Just last night my laptop notified me that I had 57 unread text messages! 57 notifications for anything make me feel ill. I wondered how that could be and as I clicked through them I slowly realized that it was notifications from 2015. Why? Why on earth would my laptop do this to me? I treat it kindly, I update it when it tells me to, it’s with me everywhere I go but for some reason it wanted me to take a stroll or scroll down memory lane.
So where did it take me? First stop was a group text with a group of girlfriends of mine. Each message listed as unread made me laugh and it even pulled on my heart a bit just because the dynamics of that group have changed. Much like everything else in life, change is mandatory for growth and with that growth came difference and shifts. Bittersweet but acceptable nonetheless.
The second stop was on a joyous reminder of some of the wedding planning that took place that year. It was with one of my besties and all about how much I really wanted to elope but as she reminded me, the wedding was paid for so it was going to happen and it did. Everyone loved it, I should have gotten more sleep so I could have enjoyed it at the same levels of others, and I wish I could have consumed as much alcohol that others did but I couldn’t because I had an infusion the next day so I sipped a glass or two that were eventually spilled on me with hugs and dancing happening all at one time.
The third was from a very dear friend and they told me about the heartache they were experiencing in life and that the kindest thing I could do for them was to pray for their heart, mind, and soul. I did just that and she is in a much better place; spiritually and personally now. I know some people don’t believe in the power of prayer and that’s okay. I don’t always believe in things either but I do believe that the things we breathe life into are the things that will thrive thus we must be careful whom and what we give that attention to because it’s shaping us.
The fourth was an exchange with an old flame and I won’t even lie, it burned a bit when I read it but it was a wonderful reminder of why they’re nowhere to be found in my life to this day and it’s because I deserved a lot better and luckily, the universe thought so to. So yay life!
I could read through the other 53 and share the details of each of them but to save your time and mine I’ll wrap them up by saying that they all served as a reminder of what life is all about; finding the people who will love you, finding the people you can love, finding where to focus and where to ignore, how to give back and help, and many other lessons that we all learn as time marches forward.
It’s best to only glance back for a reminder of how far you’ve come. You’re not moving backwards so keep your eyes focused on the good and glittery aspects that are by your side through thick and thin.
Ding! You have a NEW notification: Storms may lie ahead but the sun is on the other side of them.