“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.”
I have been reading and re-reading the comments to The Change Equation: The Beginning. My deepest thanks goes to all those in our brilliant and discerning blogger community who joined the dialogue. Your humour, joy and wisdom have added so much to this discussion and to my personal understanding. It appears that the change equation will have a series of iterations. Continue reading
Clanmother has been nominated for the celebrated The Addictive Blog Award by Maarit-Johanna and her addictive blog, History of the Ancient World. I am honoured to accept the nomination because, in my view, our blogging community is about being “addicted” to bringing our world together. We may be separated by oceans, continents and mountains, but in “blogging” miles, the distance is small, even irrelevant. Conversely, our world of thought and connection is ever-increasing. Henry David Thoreau understood this concept years before the advent of our amazing technology:
“Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.”
Clanmother has been nominated for the prestigious Very Inspiring Blogger Award by Maarit-Johanna and her thought-provoking blog, History of the Ancient World. I am honoured to accept the nomination because, in my view, our blogging community is all about inspiration. Blogging has become a way in which to network and share across the world. John Donne eloquently captured this idea when he wrote:
“No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent…
The best part about receiving a nomination is discovering others in the blogger community. Maarit-Johanna inspires readers to embrace and integrate the knowledge and wisdom of the past so that they can participate in the dialogue of history.
If we are honest, most of us are risk-averse. Given the choice of certainty and uncertainty, we will generally go with the former. We like our lives to be orderly, safe and predictable. Everything changes when a reward is put on the table. We love incentives – the bigger they are, the quicker we accept risk. We just can’t help ourselves. We like safety, but we like reward more.
We live in a world of ambiguity where safety, risk and return strive and thrive. In this mêlée, we endeavour to control our destiny, even though we know that in the course of our life, we will come face-to-face with difficult and sometimes perilous moments that are beyond our control. Opting for risk may be the safest and most viable option available.
Humanity would be less if we didn’t have the courage to choose uncertainty. Rather than placing emphasis on the worst possible outcome, we believe that the best result is possible, even assured.
And that gives our world hope…
“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”
Have you ever measured your curiosity fitness level? You know – the part of you that has a strong desire to know or learn something. Generally, humans are curious creatures. But the true measure of curiosity fitness is how an individual defines “something.”
When Katie Holmes filed for divorce on June 28th and Adele announced her pregnancy on June 29th, the messages were passed on via Facebook and Twitter using internet (faster than light) speed. With our instant communication capability, gossip spreads quickly. Is this curiosity or merely entertainment? Continue reading
Anyone use a drum as a communication device? How about fires, smoke signals, the pony express? How many are glad that the printing press was invented? Recently, I met with some friends and the discussion turned to the use of texting. Some people liked the idea but others were less than enthusiastic. How could texting be a form of communication? Where was the art of conversation? Alive and well – just evolving.
Nielsenwire published a report in 2010 on U.S. teen mobile phone usage which suggests that texting has become more popular than calling. Here’s a quick rundown on American teens, which is based on 1) data obtained from the monthly cell phone bills of 60,000 + users and 2) data surveys from over 3,000 teens:
- On average, teens send or receive 3,339 texts per month which breaks down to six texts per every hour they are awake. (And they read all of them)
- Ages 13 to 17 text the most, with females in this age category sending/receiving an average of 4,050 texts per month.
- Calls, or what Nielsenwire labels voice activity, decreased 14% among teens.
A couple of weeks ago, I bought a phone that was text-friendly. I realized, even without statistical evidence, that texting was efficient, cost-effective and an immediate response system. Why was I hesitating? My 81-year-old mother, who has been texting for over 2 years, was way ahead of me. If I want to keep in touch with my son, nieces, nephews, tech-savvy friends and yes, my mother, I better catch up – fast. The good news, texting is easy!
John Powell, scientist and musician said, “Communication works for those who work at it.” Staying connected may take a little effort, but it is time well spent.