Good Morning Bloggers, Bloggettes, email followers and random stumble upons. It is time for your Monday Morning Mojo Booster. Have you googled bloggette yet? Are you paying attention to me, right here, reading this or are you tweeting or texting at the same time? Excuse me, I would like your undivided attention.
Thank you. Now I can share with you what’s in my cup. Today I ordered an espresso *almost* straight up. That’s it. An almost one word beverage order Monday. No extra this, minus this, on top of that kind of beverage. Just simple and sophisticated. Simple. Do you remember the days of simplicity? When we woke in the morning and tore open our shades to stretch, take in a deep breath and gaze out into the new dawn. It’s a hard memory to recall, I bet.
If you are like most, you wake up fumbling to get untangled from your sheets and power cords. Your hand fumbles on the night stand for your iPhone or iPad and not to hit the device snooze button again. Instead, fumbling to log onto email and Facebook and tweet about how you started your morning tangled in power cords.
I bet you feel like crap too. You are severely sleep deprived from staying on top of tweets and status updates or from over indulging in people searches on google when you should have been consuming your zzz’s. Perhaps you cannot get the glimpse of the aerial view of your home out of your restless head. I know you wish you could push a button on that touch screen to get yourself a Venti shot of espresso to lube your engine. People stop it! We need to bring simplicity back!
I refuse to be hijacked by technology. I do not want my dreams, goals and life lists being sabotaged by my inability to think straight due to a technology overdose. I want to wake up simple, refreshed and ready to start the day…..slowly. I do not want to rush into my workday via 5:00 a.m. emails or upload my grocery list to recipes dot-com. I want to chill, breathe and savor the morning moment, simply. There will be plenty of time between 9 and 5 plus a few to hurry, hurry and go.
This is your time people. Don’t you see what technology is doing to us. We can’t think straight. These devices aren’t simplifying our lives, they are complicating them. They are making us impatient and in a constant fight or flight kind of realm. Relax. The email will still be there. The 50 texts from your BFF or mom gone text mad will not get deleted for lack of a two-minute response. Your Facebook peeps will not start swearing at you if you don’t rapid fire a quick, witty comment response. Just breathe and remain calm. Now doesn’t that feel good?
My Blackberry going haywire on me back in August was truly a blessing in disguise. Because the little booger was erratic, not performing to its full capabilities and my cell phone provider refused to let me jump ship on contract until last month, I had to deal with not being able to click and receive. See Blackberry gone wild information here I Fought The Blackberry and The Blackberry Won…Maybe.
During those few months, I received hate emails, texts and voice messages about my lack of response. The funny thing is I did respond just not instantly. Sometimes it took me a few hours plus some but no more than 24. I responded. Yet, if not instantaneously, the original sender would respond to my response, “HUH?” Since more than 22 seconds had past, they had no idea they had sent me a message earlier. “Huh” is what I say to you.
What’s in Your Cup? Are you being hijacked by technology? Have you become impatient and frustrated when you cannot get an instant response or your device battery is drained? What about you? Is your internal battery drained? I bet so. I bet if you take a step back and only fill your cup with something simple, you will feel your responsibilities lessen, your breath deeper and your chest lighter. You may even find you have more free time to oh say meet someone face to face to status update (a.k.a. meet and catch up).
So, let me know What’s In Your Cup? Can you keep up these days? What about check lists? Do they even exist anymore? Jotting down goals, to-do’s and slowly crossing them off one by one rather than multitasking your way from A-Z and then back again to D and under and over through P. Chill out. Hence the *dollop of vanilla ice cream on my espresso. My Monday morning reminder to just be simple and chill! Peace out and slow down Bobby and Suzy fast fingers!
It’s hard to pay attention these days because of multiple effects of the information technology nowadays. You tend to develop a faster, speedier mind, but I don’t think it’s necessarily broader or smarter. – Robert Redford