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Photo Credit: Unknown

Empowerment and the iPod Generation

I was sitting in an old truck with my friend’s daughter. Old enough there was no power steering or locks and only one channel on the radio that we were lucky to get….

Photo Credit: Wisdom Nectar Tea

Photo Credit: Wisdom Nectar Tea

We were listening to “Another one bites the dust” by Queen on the radio.

At the end of the song a different song by a different artist comes on, the little girl looks at me confused and says, “Let’s listen to the Queen song again.”  I said, “this is the radio. We cannot change the song like that, we listen to whatever they play…”

She looked at me confused and insisted I could change the song.

I realized that she has never not been able to select a song if she wants to.  To her media is not a passive thing that you follow a station for.  She never had to wait to record it, or go through a group of songs to get the one song she wants.  To her media is interactive and empowering.  You choose what you want to listen to, when you want to listen to it.

I paused for a moment at what that can mean for a generation of people.

What if choice and expectation to be able to choice is paired with graciousness, respect and generosity?

The millennials have a strong advantage to be at the helm of a world they want to create. Rock on!

The Wisdom of Children – Words & Lessons to Live By

Wisdom Nectar Tea Seeds from African Daisy

“Wait! Don’t Throw Out That Seed!

We Can Plant It,

Then It Will Grow &

We Will Have Trees!

Climbing and Tree Wisdom Nectar Tea

We Can Eat the Fruit & Grow Strong”

The Causation Principle – Words of Wisdom from a 5 Year Old

(those seeds will actually grow into flowers)

African Daisies in the Neighborhood Wisdom Nectar Tea

Still Beautiful & Lovely 

Thank you for Reading & Sharing this Morsel of Wisdom of a Child

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An Arizona Sunset – Through the Eyes and Words of a Child

Arizona Sunset

“Beautiful yellow light that looks like a heart without the curl on it.

Look Arizona Sunset

Beside a Fiery Orange, Red & Yellow Matched Sculpture.

Arizona Sunset

Purple Clouds Start to Close It Up Like a Big Box Gathering A Rainbow.”

Seen at the Desert Botanical Garden Las Noches de Las Luminarias 

Precious Moments are meant to be Shared

(& Enjoyed with Tea)

Confessions of a Tech Detox Gone Awry

Tech Addict

A Summary of Excuses, Exceptions and Humility…

Below is the summary of days and reflections inspired by the Wisdom of a Tech Detox 2013. 

Day 1: The Most Successful and Focused Day – Bright Eyed and Ideal with the Goal – I Happily let my morning phone “time check” impulse come and go without caving to the beckoning of my phone – my first important success!  

Throughout the day, I deliberately left my phone at home while running errands – yet the hourly impulses to check my tech remained (I didn’t even know they were there, or so strong until now…) – each moment of waiting or empty transition sparked the impulses to resurface like a haunting cough in the night.

Day 2: The Slippery Slope Begins – I confess, I used my phone as an alarm clock, my first digression.  And I used it to process credit transactions – but the really slippery slope began with an innocent temptation.

I saw a little boy slyly slip on a pair of fluorescent star-shaped pink sun glasses then his father did the same, like the Blues Brothers of downtown Phoenix.  “Awesome!” I said, “Could I take your picture?!”  The little boy with assertiveness and confidence replied, “Sure!”  I knew I was breaking my Tech Detox for this moment.  And I joyfully, unregrettably made this exception –

It was the beginning of the end of my discipline.  Moment upon priceless moment came rushing in….what could be an exception?  should I allow exceptions?  The slope kept getting steeper….

Day 3:  Excuses, Excuses…. I secretly purchased Leonie Dawson‘s 2014 Creating Your Amazing Year Workbook on Amazon.com (because… I needed it before the New Year!)… and did a rebel viewing of Key and Peele‘s Substitute Teacher (because… It was too funny not to share!)…. Then I found an amazing online offer from Vistaprint that I had received in the mail (and…. It expires tomorrow)….

Life without my tech, proved more challenging than I imagined…I found myself doing simple math on scratch paper, because… I could not use my cell phone calculator.  Friends commented that it appeared as though I was attempting to prove the theory of relativity on an 8.5×11 sheet…Furthermore, I became distraught when I could not remember the name of a dinosaur stuffed animal, and could not look it up! – wow – has my life really become this intertwined with tech?

Dinosaur

Day 4: The Ultimate Digression.  I convinced myself  that it was my last day of the Tech Detox….and somehow…..I found myself on Facebook…Then I received a message from a friend, teasing me about a “like” they saw I made in the timeframe I was supposed to be detoxing….I was so busted….

Then, a 4 year old made a delicious desert creation and asks me to photograph it and post it on the blog! I confess, I caved – I photographed it and will post her awesome creation in a later post.

Day 5: The Last Chance for Redemption: The day I come to terms with it all.

I do not see my digressions, exceptions and excuses as failures, but rather as striking evidence to a modern phenomenon of the relationship of humans and their technology.  In past years, I had denied myself a Facebook account, did not buy a cell phone and did various other things to limit and protect myself from what I saw as a new form of slavery. 

In recent years, I have allowed these technologies into my life.  It wasn’t really until unlimited texting and web-browsing became and option on a mobile device that my habits took a turn for the worst.  Even still, I do not believe that these habits are inherently evil, nor do I wish to chastise myself or others for their choices or rationalizations.   My feelings are that technology is a great tool, and a powerful one when used with deliberation and clear intent.  

I am grateful that I brought a Tech Detox into my life, if not only to free myself for a bit, but more to see how often I use or think about using technology for my daily tasks.  And most importantly, to consider the erroneous and non-erroneous activities I use it for.

Wishing you many happy and healthy tech and non-tech days and the mental freedom to be clear about the tempting and erroneous uses of tech so often overlooked or denied.

I have no direct plan yet on how to improve my discipline or productivity with tech, I simply plan to be more aware of my intentions and uses of it for now.  And of course to always enjoy the little “unplugged” things with the people around me!

Sun Nap

Happy New Year!

The Wisdom of a Tech De-Tox

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Because until now…. Only my Dog & a Fondue Pot have saved me from myself and my tech addiction….

The Information Age has come like a tidal wave of information, tools, gadgets & innovations.

The habits the Information Age has inspired in people are much more subtle;  and the behavioral changes are more far reaching than anyone first anticipated.  This is like the Boiling a Frog Analogy: when cooking a frog in water, slowly heat it up…the frog does not know the water changes temperature until it is too late to jump!  Or in the human-tech sense, the behaviors become so common gradually that overtime we do not realize them as once not being typical.

boiling frog - DonkeyHotey

Photo Credit: DonkeyHotey

I love technology and the internet.  I love the interconnectedness and community we are developing.  I love being able to share and hear others share.  I love being linked to places and people around the world and learning from and helping each other at the speed of light. 

super-spider-web Photo Credit - thehomespun

Photo Credit: thehomespun

But with all this tech excitement, I must remember that the web and tech are not everything and so much is still there and happening in the “unplugged.”  In fact, that very link to the “unplugged” may be one of the greatest connections we can develop in our lives.

And after the “fondued phone” incident…  of December 25th,

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I am taking a Tech De-Tox Pledge for 5 days.  

These are the guidelines for which I have set for myself.  I plan to observe and recognize the moments of each of these days, recalling the things similar and different to my life with and without my techs.  

I hope this pledge encourages others to experiment, even if only for a few days, with life without their techs and to rediscover the beauty of the “unplugged” in a deeper, more profound manner.  

When we remember our lives and world are beautiful, precious, we can remember  and experience our interconnectedness as so much deeper than any code or platform can express.

Lets fly a kite

The Wisdom De-Tox Guidelines:

1. No Wearing the Cell Phone on the Body

2. No Internet Surfing or Checking Email

3. Walk on the Dirt (without shoes and socks, weather permitting)

4. Sit Outside – Just Sit There for 1 to 2 minutes 

5. Walk Barefoot Inside (take off these outside shoes and walk around inside! feel the floor at your feet, stretch your toes and let them breathe!)

6.  Enjoy a Hot Cup of Organic Loose Leaf Herbal Tea – this one is one of my favorites – 

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I begin my Tech De-Tox December 27th.  

Wishing you Joy & Love into the New Year!

Share Tea, Be Happy!

“Plant Your Seeds.  Protect Your Gardens.  Protect Your Whole Body.”

Today the little one in our lives shared a little insight.

We were creating a flyer.  I asked her, “What would you like to tell people?”

She said: “Plant your seeds, Protect your gardens, Protect your whole body.”

She paused for a moment… and asked me, “Did you write all that down?”

I smiled and said, “Yes.”

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