Monday, September 30, 2013

Merry Monday- 100!

Well, this Merry Monday is my 100th blog post since I started writing in this little space. So I thought this would be a good time to talk about the good aspects of the internet, Facebook, blogging, etc. I know the popular opinion is to balk at so much technology and  complain that it is turning our kids into zombies and it is making all of us less "social" (at least face to face or voice to voice). And, believe me, technology has caused my family some major heartache, so I get it. And, I agree, to a certain extent. But, at the same time, I think there is at least as much good to all of this technology as there is bad. So here are just a few good things about technology from my little part of the world:

1.) Texting- I can communicate with my kids all day, every day. And, yes, I text them. Because, to be perfectly honest, I don't always like having long, extended conversations on the phone. There is always that weird, " Uhm, are they finished talking? Uhm, should I start talking now?" It's just awkward sometimes. There is (or there is supposed to be) a certain cadence to phone conversation. And I've never been good at it. Now, if there is something urgent at hand that needs serious discussing , I'm fine with it. But I'd rather see them in person. As for texting, it's really nice to be able to quickly connect with them throughout the day. It's great to be able to text Eddie about a movie we're watching, to get a funny text or picture of Peanut from Sister or to tell Little Man "Night. Love you" before I go to sleep. It's quick. And easy. And they know that they are always on my mind.

2.) E-mail-I get reminders from doctors, dog groomers, hair stylists, etc. about upcoming appoints. So, not only do I get an  e-mail or text to jog my memory, I can also save those messages as an ongoing reminder to myself. I love it. And I sure they love it because I miss less appointments now :)

3.) Facebook- Facebook has enabled me to reconnect with and stay in touch with friends, family members, former teachers, former students and co-workers who I know I would probably never, or hardly ever,  be able to see or visit in person.  I get to hear their funny stories, see pictures of them, their kids and grandkids, receive kind words from them and give kind words in return. There is nothing bad about that. At all.

4.) Blogs- I follow a LOT of blogs. I have to admit, I probably spend too much time reading blog posts. But at the same time, if it hadn't been for reading other blog posts, I wouldn't have started my own. And, for me, this blog is a creative outlet. I don't consider myself a skilled writer (by an stretch of the imagination) but I jumped in anyway and put my fears about bad grammar, incorrect punctuation and boring stories to rest. Just showing up here keeps me on track and forces me to be accountable for creating something. Anything, really. Whether it's a loaf of bread, a painting or a new onesie design. It doesn't matter what, as long as I'm reaching a little bit out of my comfort zone, getting my butt off the couch and maybe (hopefully) inspiring other people to do the same. Because that's what what other's blogs do for me.

5.) Pinterest- I know, I know! It's online hoarding! But, Pinterest helps so many people try new things and be more creative. They get an idea, along with a picture and usually detailed instructions on how to create something of their own. And they do it! And they are proud of it! And they are proud of themselves! What is better than that?

(And I haven't even touched on Pandora, online banking, online research and art images for my students, Netflix, etc.. It's crazy! But I think you get the idea.)

And, whether it be Facebook, Pinterest, Blog posts or texts, you have the power to pick and choose what you read or watch. I choose to take in the positive stuff and just scroll right past the negative stuff. Because, really, there is enough negative stuff out there and I don't need to willingly take more of it in. I really appreciate the inspiring words, quotes, videos, etc. that people put out there. Some days, it's like an online counseling session! And it's strange how some of these inspiring words come through at just the right time.  Like these, which remind me to:

get my butt off  the couch and make something,

realize that, no, something bad is NOT about to happen,

be okay about having a not-so-perfect and/or  not-so-clean house,
 keep calm and do my yoga (duh!),

keep weeding out the clutter,
realize that grieving is a lifelong process,

and, finally, to enjoy and make a difference in this life because it's the only one I have and the only chance I get.

Merry Monday!   Juli
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