Monday, December 12, 2005


I was reading an article in SKI magazine today that sort of joked about how companies are making it easier and easier to keep your gear on you while skiing. Jackets have pockets for Ipods and cell phones.

The writer goes on to talk about how you used to have conversations on the chair lifts. You used to meet people apres ski in the restaurant and in the bar. Now people are talking on their cell phones to people who are not physically present. I went on a trip once with a woman who spent more time talking on the phone than she did talking to any of the people on the trip.

It used to be that mentally we might not be as connected to the people around us as we should be. Now not only are we unmindful, we are actively able to show how unmindful we are being--text messaging or talking or whatever to someone who is not there.

Maybe we need to rethink the whole technology thing. It is good to stay in touch with family and friends. However, sometimes it's important to be in touch with the people you are with. Peace comes from being in the moment. How well can you be in the moment if you are required to describe the moment to someone who is not there? Technology is good but let's remember to leave it at home sometimes so we can get away and just enjoy the people who can be with us.


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