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A flood of information

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You ever feel like you would like to disconnect from that never-ending stream of information. I find myself at first thinking I need at least a day a week without it. Then I started thinking I need multiple hours of the day without it. I mean some of it is a real drain. I love to read and I’m kind of a news hound but hearing the same thing over and over several times a day is a waste I realized long ago.

Turn off the flood.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I’m trying to think about how much value it provides in life and what is the proper balance. Learning and knowledge are wonderful. Having information to make good decisions is something we also should strive for. But this constant connection thing isn’t healthy. From just walking down the sidewalk with the head down and of course texting or talking on the phone on the road. An iPad at the park. A laptop on vacation. Using technology during meals.

Some can set and talk about smart values and common courtesy, but many of us don’t. I don’t remember having specific conversations with my kids. Even though it has been a subject of discussion from general encounters with people. Luckily I’m not a big smart phone user. Old eyes and small screens don’t mix and I can’t type on those things with any speed so its frustrating. I like the phone part.

But lately things have been reminding me and showing the importance of personal interaction. Instead of an email picking up the phone and talking for those at a long distance. Making plans and keeping them for personal or group gatherings. I hope those don’t become lost. But a lot of it is gone already. That is why I’m trying to flip back and be an oldie. Making those personal connections are important, a lot more so than dozens of emails or text or likes or whatever else you got digitally.

Random Thoughts

The more people push your buttons, the smarter you need to be to stay ahead of them.

Caught myself sweating the small stuff again. What a trap that is. Glad that I can recognize it and not spend lots of time there.

I’m glad I choose the profession I did. I also look forward to my future choice when the first one ends. I figure its good to stay active. The oldest people I know seem to teach that lesson. Well there are the exceptions.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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