I mean, everyone has blogs, which I love, because I as I write I keep the things that I love close to me..my friends..my crafting..the books I read and most importantly, the memories, new and old.
I can re-visit and re-read them anytime. Many times. It is saved - it is my history, in written form, and commented on by people I trust, enjoy and make me laugh...you know...friends.
But, there are so many new ways of communicating now - Facebook, MySpace,Twitter, email, cell phones, Instant Messenger (IM's) .
And all I can think about is if I had time to actually monitor all of these things, when would I have time to...think. Create. Play. Love. See. Hear...feel...
Everything in an instant. And for an instant-gratification girl like myself, that's great..to a point.
Digital photos, for example. Great. Love it. That's a good one - at least for me.
But sometimes the instantaneous-ness of IM's, the hastily composed emails..the looking-into- your-diary-feeling of Facebook...well..it sort of give me a headache.
***This just in! When I got to work today I found this on a genealogy newsletter and thought I'd insert it here - it's mind-boggling:
"This isn’t about genetic genealogy or even genealogy, but it’s too interesting to pass up.
A recent Fortune article titled “How Facebook is taking over our lives” points out that roughly 175 million people are members of Facebook, and that the total daily use of Facebook is over 3 billion minutes.
Here are some rough calculations using that 3 billion minutes per day value (and feel free to check my math, please!): three billion minutes equals 50 million hours, which equals 2.08 million days, which equals 5,707 years.
Thus, every single day humanity spends the equivalent of over 5,000 years on Facebook!"
And Twitter is just snippets of conversations- carefully monitored number of characters that can be typed in..
I don't know..maybe it's my years of experience of being 50 (9 years of experience..) that makes me wonder about all of this time spent..well..disconnected while trying desperately to be ..connected..
I want to use the time I have left on this earth actually connecting, living, experiencing and feeling all that I can. Face to face when I can.
I want to have quiet time. Mind-resting time. Resting my eyes time. Reading an actual book time.
And not an e-book, although that's great if you like that- but I want to feel the pages in my hands. Hear the turning of the page. Smell the newness of the book...
I'm rambling. I'll stop now. I want to leave you with a quote from an actress that I've always thought of as full of grace, beauty, peace and humility..Helen Hayes...
"We live in a very tense society. We are pulled apart...and we all need to learn how to pull ourselves together...I think that at least part of the answer lies in solitude."
~ Helen Hayes
~ Helen Hayes
Isn't she beautiful?
And look at this young photo of her..I don't think I've ever seen this before...she has the same smile..
Please have a restful, thoughtful and beautiful tomorrow, OK?