Embrace T.I.M.E.: Technology is secondary, Interact face-to-face, Mute distractions, Exist in real-time
Time. Such a fleeting thing in our lives today. We never have enough time to do anything, or do we? On this installment of the ABCs of encouragement with the #BloggiteBits Campaign, I want everyone to slow down with me and Embrace T.I.M.E. on a different, old school level: Technology is secondary, Interact face-to-face, Mute distractions, & Exist in real-time.
Technology is secondary: Yes, I said it, TECHNOLOGY IS SECONDARY. In this fun age of technology where we all want to have the latest and greatest new ‘toys’ out there to play with, we have lost sight of our human counterparts. Embracing time with others does not include staying wired in. When you are with another, put down the phone, tablet, computer, watch, etc. and look at the person you are with and communicate with your WORDS…LOL I know, old school, but it is the best way to cultivate relationships you find dear to you or relationships you want to grow.
Interact face-to-face: Yes, I am requesting you SEE the world around you and look it head on. I know, face-to-face interactions can be awkward, uncomfortable, and downright physically painful if you are not used to it, but get used to it. Nothing beats seeing the reaction in the eyes and face of the person you are talking to when you tell them great news that you have to share! It is amazing how simple face-to-face eye contact will change your whole demeanor throughout the day. Old school talking…egad! Try it, you might like it.
Mute distractions: Distractions come in many forms in our daily lives, from TV to computers to other human beings, distractions are hard to avoid. When you are spending time with someone, make sure to spend that time in a location with minimal or no distractions to either one of you. If you cannot ignore the phone vibrating in your pocket, turn it off or put it on silence. That is a simple distraction that causes lots of issues. Make sure you are not distracted when engaging someone one-on-one, it will make the visit that much more enjoyable for the two of you. Long gone are the days of quietude in the world, old school was so much nicer when it came to communicating with others.
Exist in real-time: Yes, real-time, that which is not found in a screen on some computerized device. Existing in real-time is crucial to maintaining relationships. So many people today feel better when delved into a game or some social media site, but it does not help real relationships with actual human beings around you. Be sure when you are spending time with someone you are engaged with them in real-time. Living, breathing beings are way more fun than those you play with online, even if there is another human being controlling that character you are playing with. Old school rules, they are hardcore, Baby!