Isn’t it great that we have modern technology to simplify our lives. Or is it?
I’m self-employed and spend much of my time at the computer. Modern technology is fantastic in the way it has helped me save time and effort on many tasks, such as banking, finding information on any subject online, paying accounts, quickly correcting typing mistakes and instantly connecting with people around the world. Technology has helped me to simplify my life.
On the other hand, technology has complicated my life. While at my computer I found I was often distracted with emails, Facebook, news and sports bulletins, on-line articles and blogs. It’s insidious.
A while back I read about an author who does not use email and has no phone in his office, so there are no distractions. I thought, :how great that would be, I’d love to be able to do that”.
Then the penny dropped. Of course I could, it was simply a matter of turning off my phone and not opening the internet or emails until it suited me.
This led me to critically analyse my online habits. I realised that by scanning most news and sports headlines, without reading the full article, I could still be informed about what was going on in the world and save a hellava lot of time.
Similarly I recognised that the majority of online articles I read were of little value to me and I was really indulging in distraction. And is the sky going to fall in if I don’t instantly respond to emails? Probably not… and if it does, then it doesn’t really matter. So, I turned off the indicator that signals when an email arrives and now check emails twice a day, which is plenty.
Then there is Facebook… the ultimate timewaster. Rather than drop Facebook, I decided to scroll rapidly and speed read, without getting caught up in it. This alone saved a huge amount of time. In turn, I slashed what I posted to Facebook, thus doing my buddies a favour by reducing the amount of distraction in their lives.
Yet more importantly, why had I been distracting myself? What was I distracting myself from?
Through the presentations by Serge Benhayon from Universal Medicine I realised that I was using distractions to numb myself to hide from and not accept the absolute love that I hold within. By doing so I held back from being open and willing to share and receive love.
It was as if I felt I was not worthy, hence I used distractions as a means to bury and keep me further removed from love. Crazy?!
The technology was not the problem. I was.
So now I’m choosing to use technology as a tool, rather than be numbed by the endless distraction technology can offer. It’s simply a matter getting on with life.
I’m making progress… which is my cue to stop typing right now.
By Rod Harvey, Gold Coast, Australia