I’ve been thinking…

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Houston, I think we have a problem.

Imagine a human standing in front of you asking you a question.  It is not the easiest question for you to answer.  In fact, you would rather turn, run in the opposite direction and dive into a hole filled with fat,slimy earthworms than answer the question.  But this person is in front of you. Face to face.  Eye to eye.  Nose to nose.  So you dig down deep inside of you and you find the courage to answer the question to the best of your ability.  Phew. That was hard, but you did it, and it may not have been the perfect answer, but you faced the question and you did not run away. I say good for you.

Texting.  It’s a bit crazy to me how this technology has severely wounded the sensitivity and even common sensical part of human nature: we speak. we listen. we respond.

Curiously, with a cellular device in our hand we transcend humanity and become the all-powerful, fearless immortal.  We kick aside three of the four Buddhist virtues: compassion, empathetic joy, and loving-kindness. Suddenly, a person writes things that they would never say in person or they avoid completely questions that they do not want to answer.As far as practicing non-reaction?  You just  hit that send button and shoot of something that has the power to ruin someone’s day.  You don’t have to look at that person and see the damage your writing may have done. Worst even, maybe you don’t even care.

I like human voices.  I like to see smiles and hear laughter. One of the things that I deepened my understanding in through yoga is the power of touch. Humans!  We need to work on this.  We need to teach others to do this.  I believe it will increase happiness in ourselves, our homes, our communities, and maybe even someday in the world.

Remember this.  Those great memories that you have were not from reading a screen, they were made from hearing words or doing things with others, or maybe with the help and support of others.  People give hope to one another with the power of eye to eye contact, and the intonation of our voices.

Lifting each other up, cheering each other on…are not products of technology. Let’s be mindful with our writing.

I was just thinking about that.

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weekly photo challenge: wrong

1976.

Ummm.  here goes…

1. playing on a mattress outside

2. playing with my little sister and her friend on a mattress outside

3. my hair

4. my socks

5. my shoes

6. my outfit

(there is more but I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.)

Wrong

six smiles.

July is quickly coming to a close, and August promises to bring more summer fun with it.  Summer is my favorite season and I try to soak up every ray of sun and fun I can.  This week a friend told me I was a great “Summer Mom.”  I laughed, knowing that I don’t like to venture too far in the winter – cold weather is not my thing.  Summer’s my time to shine!   Here are 6 things that brought a smile to my face this week:

~ balloons flying high over a friend’s 4oth birthday party~

~ Sunday morning sticky buns from Flour Bakery at Fort Point Channel, Boston~

~Sea salt soap from Lula’s Pantry, a shop filled with little luxuries on the waterfront in Rockport.  Exfoliates, heals, and smells like the ocean. Bliss.~ get it here.

~THE BEST BAND-AIDs for healing my skin after I survived a really bad mosquito attack on my ankles and feet~

~An unexpected nighttime tweet from a friend – because we were working together the next morning. Priceless.~

~ an intricately beaded clutch by Megan Park that arrived on my doorstep via UPS.  From French and Italian.~

Hope you welcome August with a smile!