I am a technological novice. The technical advances that have impressed me are VHS and the microwave. I remember having television as a child, but I also remember the first time I saw a color television program. I was at a friend’s house on a Sunday evening when I was in the eighth grade. The show was Bonanza and when that orange flame burned into the map of the Ponderosa, it was a time I will never forget. The amazement of having a disposable camera and a portable phone, caught my attention also in later years.
Little would I have guessed that I would become dependent upon the use of a computer. I saw them in a room, then they came into the home. Now, there are many abilities and functions of computers found on our small portable phones. It was, with this all in mind, that I reflected as I waited on my internet provider to send a new modem. Mine had died. Considering that I was one who had grown up in a time when I actually remembered a crank phone that would give everyone on the “party line” notice that we were on the phone, I had become terribly accustomed to the instant communication afforded by my current laptop computer.
Without the modem and access to the Internet, I felt that I was cut off from the world. I went to our local cyber cafe so that I could conduct business that had become so very dependent upon wireless communication. I waited and waited for that modem and eventually had to place the order again. I did accomplish some of the things I needed to, but I still had a problem. I could not print off the results of my efforts.
My son thinks it is unnecessary to have “hard copies” of my correspondence and invoices. That is one thing I cannot seem to give up. I need the paper trail of my work. On my first book, I dutifully copied my work every thirty pages. My son said it was all stored in something called “the cloud.” I didn’t understand the cloud then, and I still don’t. All I know is that sometime between page sixty and page ninety, the cloud failed me. He could not find the work. To replicate it was difficult. I even decided that I did not trust it for thirty pages and began doing the work on the computer then copying it long hand until it was printed out.
I am old-school on many things still. I say that with no apology. I was working with a partner on a novel and he shook his head at what I considered to be appropriate behavior. He told me that it would go much more quickly if I did it “his” way….. well, not for me. I was able to do the work much more efficiently for me to do it the way I had learned to do it . When one is doing anything in the manner in which they are most familiar, it will be the way that is easiest and most efficient for them. We may not understand why someone wants to do something a certain way, but we usually find the way that works for us in any given situation.
It is like this in much of life, really. We settle into a routine of what works for us and we stay with that. Then ,there comes a time in life that some things begin to show wear and tear and need to be remodeled and revamped and modernized in order to continue functioning efficiently. We usually take note of that also and adjust accordingly. It is not always easy and it is not always anticipated, but it usually is appreciated after the new skills are learned.
As I am now working back at home, able to get to the Internet via my new modem, I simply send up thanks that I have gained the skill set that I currently possess. I will continue to do some things in the, now outdated, methods I learned and some I will do embracing current technology and methodology. I will do that until I need to do a “reset” and change.
Do what works for you. Embrace those good thoughts and easy behaviors that give your life joy and substance. If you do not yet possess that skill set, don’t give up. Listen to those around you and see what is working for them. Read inspirational self-help books that may help you advance your thinking. If all else fails, take a deep breath and just hit the “reset” button on your life and take your first step in the new direction in which you wish to go.