Have you ever felt like a dinosaur, out of touch with the world?
I did recently.
I was sorting through some of Mom's things from after she died and discovered a large collection of 45 and 33 1/3 rpm records. I put the ones I had with them, set up a record player and listened to music as I went through more boxes. Then I made the mistake that really made me feel as outdated as an old Model-T Ford -- I called my young nephew and held the phone so he could hear the record.
"Hey, Bobby, how do like this music?"
"Pretty cool, uncle Lou. What radio station is that?"
"It's not a radio station, it's a record."
"What's a record?" This from a boy whose younger brothers and sister barely remember cassette tapes as preoccupied as they are with their I-pods and MP-3 players.
Talk about an having old-timer moment.
That's how the world is today. Advancements in technology occur nearly every day, making it difficult for some people to keep up and to keep from feeling outdated.
But there is one very important way we can overcome such feelings -- stay in touch with people. Call them, email them
, send cards and actual letters, meet for lunch or church
or group activities. People are real, with emotions and feelings that machines can never express.
When you are happy
, real people, your friends, family, co-workers will be happy for you. When you are feeling down
, a close friend can be a supportive sounding board. People are what is important in this technologically advanced world, not machines.
We can love a person and have that love returned
. No machine can do that. We can share joy with a person, joy that a machine can not comprehend. It is people that keep us grounded, not machines. Experiencing the thrill of holding a new-born baby
, getting married
, sharing our life's achievements and disappointments with a person provides us with the human contact we all need. No machine can do that.
So, yes, some of us may feel like dinosaurs as far as technology goes, but as long as we remember it is people who enrich us, we will forever be far from extinct.