Hello Friends and Fellow Bloggers,
I hope this post finds you happy, healthy and enjoying life in all that it brings you.
After spending some quiet time away from my blog, podcast and other social media platforms…I’ve come to realize I’m not really connected as I once thought.
It’s been over a month since my husband and I left for our #route66 adventure and although it’s good to be home, I’m still missing that sense of freedom of the road. Freedom from the electronics. Yes, I did post my journey on Facebook only because I did have friends and family who wanted to experience the journey with us. Other than that, I was free from all the noise from the internet, television and all the connections. Unplugging made me realize how unconnected I really was.
After returning home, I felt a sense of loss. I found myself looking through the many photos taken on the road. I found myself reminiscing and wanting to go back. I found myself realizing that social media had stolen way too many of my glances and what my real connection should have been. So my question is, “Are We Connected?”
The link below is my most recent podcast episode which was published last Friday. If you click on the link, you will hear the view from my window, a.ka.-thoughts, of what I think true connection is all about.
Below the link are the podcast notes to read, as well. If you have the time, please click the link and listen in on the ten minute episode. Feel free to share any or all thoughts. Do you ever feel you are over-connected to the wrong source? Life is so short. Are we using technology as a tool or is it using us? Please listen and share your thoughts.
Hello Everyone and welcome to The View From My Window Podcast where life is explored through positive thoughts. Everyone has a window and each window has a different view. I’m Laura, your host and this is the view from my window.
Hey there my friends. It’s Friday and I’m here to say I’m back on the air and I have truly missed you all. I have been gone for a while traveling and it was amazing. I wish I could have taken you with me on my Route 66 adventure. You would have loved it. From the breeze of the Pacific Ocean to dusting the desert dirt from my boots and everything in between…was absolutely amazing. Although I couldn’t take you with me, you are so capable of awesome everyday experiences, as well. You can see, touch, smell, taste and hear everything God gave you in this magnificent place we call earth. Which leads me to Episode #25: Are We Connected?
Now I will be the first to admit I am socially connected to many platforms. There’s Instagram, FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Google Play, LinkedIn, IHeart Radio, Itunes, Spotify, Pinterest, and the list just keep on growing.
But the question is: What am I connected to? What is the source of this connection? Well, it’s people. People like me and you who have something to say, something to learn or something to share with each other. But how personal and in touch are we with each other? Is it meaningful?
I can remember the days when I talked to my friends from a rotary phone which was attached to the wall. That seems so long ago, but actually it really wasn’t. Time and technology just keeps moving forward and stops for no one.
I remember that phone on my bedroom wall. The longer that stretchy spiral chord was, the better. Some of you know what I’m talking about. Right?
There were no voice mails. No texting. Just the ringing or busy sound on the other end. If they didn’t answer…no biggie. I just called back later. Funny how things change. Not only can we call, text and leave voice mails, but we can also take pictures of ourselves with that very same phone in the palm of our hand. Google can show us the world with a simple swipe of the finger.
But, Are we really connected? I don’t think we are. We can have all the new shiny gadgets of technology at our fingertips, but it won’t give us the satisfaction of watching the sun set fade into tomorrow and rise the next morning. Breathing in the air while standing on top of one of the seven wonders of the world knowing who created it all, doesn’t even compare to that recent post with over a billion views. No hashtag measures up to releasing laughter and sharing a memorable moment with those we love.
Don’t get me wrong. Social media is all well and good and it serves its purpose but it’s not the connection we truly need to sustain life. The real connection is living life through God and all His amazing creation.
The older I get the more I realize that my days are numbered and so are yours. We won’t live forever, folks. But our legacy can. Our connection we have with God can be handed down through generations. Our true source of happiness, peace, joy, contentment and comfort does not come from gadgets but from God.
Hebrews 4:12 says that His word is alive, active and powerful and is the discerner of the thoughts and intents of our hearts.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 says that all scripture is given by the inspiration of God. It is profitable for doctrine, for reproof for instruction in righteousness that we may be complete. Be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
That my friend is what we need to be connected to. That is our source.
We, as a people, a nation of families, as parents, as individuals…need to find God. And I promise you, He won’t be found in the noise of the world-wide web.
I have been so blessed to be able to wake up each day and communicate with people in so many ways with technology. But nothing communicates better than a hug, a kiss, a smile, a friendly wave, a word of encouragement, a prayer, a pat on the back or just with a listening ear.
With that being said, I want to take this time to say “THANK YOU” to all of you have been so encouraging to me through this podcast. You have been generous with your “likes” and comments. I appreciate you and your feedback. You are more than welcome to share the view from your window on any topic or subject. I am eager to hear what’s on your heart and mind. Don’t be shy. Share your thoughts. Do you think people are connected to the wrong source?
In the mean time…
I hope and pray that in all your life adventures, you find God. You find the beauty of His creation. You find the comfort of His promises and you find the true source of life in His Word.
I’m going to leave you with a song I found on the internet…of all places. Too funny. Right? But this song is called It’s A Beautiful Day…And it leaves me with a happy, upbeat feeling of appreciating all of my God-given blessings.
I hope it does the same for you.
Until next time,
Love you guys.