Don’t Let Computers And Gadgets Take Over Your Life

December 8, 2010 by  
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Computers, smartphones, iPads and others, are all great communication and entertainment gadgets.  But what are the consequences of our complete enslavement to them?  Our lives have become so dependent on technology that we basically have to shut down when our internet isn’t working or our smartphone goes MIA.

How common has become the scenario of people walking by each other without any sign of acknowledgment because they are on their phones?  Or what about smartphones adorning tables at restaurants?

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What Do Dogs And Letters Have In Common?

May 27, 2010 by  
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Shai 002Even though I have two dogs I only watched Marley and me for the first time last night.  I loved the film but the last monologue of Owen Wilson at the end of the film was perfect: A dog doesn’t care what car you drive, where you live, if you are rich or poor.  “Give your love and it will give you its heart.”

I know it’s sentimental but how amazing to be fully loved for who we are regardless of our successes and failures.  Love for love.

This morning I was reading a post on CNN.com (http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/05/27/letters.irpt/index.html?hpt=C2) on how significant it is to receive a letter in the mail versus an email.  The people and examples the post used talked about being able to feel the writer’s emotions and intends in the letter, something they could not have experienced in an email.

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Take A Day Off

March 27, 2010 by  
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I want to remind you to take a day off this weekend.  Either today or tomorrow please don’t work, don’t clean and don’t run around from task to task.

We must unplug and recharge to have satisfying and healthy lives.  Working non-stop doesn’t make us more productive and it doesn’t get us ahead of anybody else.  Working non-stop burns us out and creates stress in our lives.  Stress creates bad relationships and unhappiness.

Technology has in many ways made our lives and communication easy but it also keeps us “on” all the time.  If we don’t slow down we can’t appreciate the gifts life gives us every day.  If we don’t slow down we choke on a beautiful meal or on a complex wine which is meant to be savored sip by sip.

As I grew up in another country and have family living all over the world, I intimately know how other people live.  While the whole world is plugged in nobody is as plugged in as we Americans are.  We work seven days a week and maybe take one or two weeks off a year while the rest of the world takes a least four weeks off a year.  We have very few national holidays while other countries have double or triple the amount of holidays.

Relationships need attention.  We need to slow down and spend quality time with our friends, family and mostly with ourselves.  How can we check within if we continuously go from being super busy to super stressed?  Life needs creativity and creativity needs space to flourish.

Last March 19th and 20th, from sundown to sundown, a national unplug day, was promoted by the Sabbath Manifesto.  Below are the principles they promoted.

The Ten Principles

01. Avoid technology

02. Connect with loved ones

03. Nurture your health

04. Get outside

05. Avoid commerce

06. Light candles

07. Drink wine

08. Eat bread

09. Find Silence

10. Give Back

Please join me in taking a day off every week.  This ancient concept of rest is as important as anything else we might think of doing for our health and work.

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