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Are we ready to learn from George Carlin’s paradox of time?


Are we ready to learn from George Carlin’s paradox of time? 

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I have to admit, not all of George Carlin’s humor is my cup of tea. The quote below did strike a chord with me though. Current events let them be nationally or internationally highlight how far off the ideal path we are. I encourage you to compare and contrast how you fare with the whole list of his items. Leave a mark in people’s lives – not scars.

Ralf

 

 

The paradox of our time in history is that we have

taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider

freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more,

but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have

bigger houses and smaller families, more

conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees

but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment,

more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but

less wellness.

 

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too

recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get

too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read

too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our

values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate

too often.

 

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life.

We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve

been all the way to the moon and back, but have

trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor.

We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve

done larger things, but not better things.

 

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.

We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We

write more, but learn less. We plan more, but

accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to

wait. We build more computers to hold more

information, to produce more copies than ever, but

we communicate less and less.

 

These are the times of fast foods and slow

digestion, big men and small character, steep

profits and shallow relationships. These are the

days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier

houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick

trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one

night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do

everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a

time when there is much in the showroom window and

nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can

bring this letter to you, and a time when you can

choose either to share this insight, or to just hit

delete.

 

Remember, spend some time with your loved ones,

because they are not going to be around forever.

 

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to

you in awe, because that little person soon will

grow up and leave your side.

 

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you,

because that is the only treasure you can give with

your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

 

Remember, to say, “I love you” to your partner and

your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and

an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep

inside of you.

 

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for

someday that person will not be there again.

 

Give time to love, give time to speak,! and give time

to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

 

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:

 

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we

take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

 

George Carlin

5 ways of being better about being in the moment


5 ways of being better about being in the moment 

Social media are great. I just love using all sorts of platforms as they have really enriched my life and I can get and stay in touch with so many old and new friends. And then again, nothing beats a great warm hug – person to person. One thing that social media has not been able to do is to genuinely connect us humans the same way as sharing a moment together in person. So how do you balance the two?

The answer is surprisingly simple. Use social media and all its bounty to the fullest. At the same time scan for opportunities where you can connect with folks at a deeper level. Seek face-to-face meeting time wherever and whenever you can. Do not be afraid of personal contact like a hug either. Here are some examples where personal connection can foster a much brighter future:

  1. Moments of collaborating genius: No matter where you meet, there are tremendous opportunities getting to know new people, and / or meeting folks at a completely different level.
  2. Major disagreement: Using texts and e-mails when you are upset are mind-numbingly ineffective. Get up and meet in person.
  3. Friends in need: This is the positive version to number 3. When friends are in dire need of help, meet in person. Flush out the real back ground of the issues. Your active listening may lead to finding a solution, and you earn respect and trust.
  4. Meeting your future significant other: You may be able finding your mate online, but you had better eventually meet in person sooner rather than later.
  5. Funerals: Filled with emotions they can be really tough. As tough as it is, try making a genuine new connection or rekindle an oldvvvv one.
  6. What are your greatest moments of meeting with folks in person? Please share in the comment section.

Don’t get me wrong, I just love connect over the Internet and use whatever new tools come our way enhancing my relationships and helping other folks wherever I can. At the end of the day, I still make sure that I go out into our interesting world seeking personal contact. A truly genuine moment between two or more people can still take our breath away, and it will be with us forever. I’ll give you a hug before you can get out your smart phone…

Ralf

Technology connected the world and disconnected us people


Technology connected the world and disconnected us people 

It’s just sad. No matter where I look here we are glued to our smart phones. Most of us even have two phones; one for work and the other one for ourselves. At the gym men and women “resting” on just about any machine that has a seat while they are checking their phones usually interrupt my regular routine. Come dinnertime – actually any mealtime – I see many a family staring at their little screens. They are not talking to each other though. People walk into light poles or walls because they are totally engulfed in whatever they are doing online while walking. Then there are the many folks who must check their latest texts while driving.

Fabulous technology has shrunk the world and connected us 24/7 helping level the playing field for any small entrepreneur. Yet, it has managed disconnecting us as people, friends, and family. There a few ways that help avoid turning into a cell phone zombie:

  1. When you are at a restaurant ask everyone to put his or her mobile device in the middle of the table. Let everyone switch it off. Radical? Certainly. Effective? Absolutely.
  2. Put your mobile device as far away as possible from your bed and side table. You just do not want to be tempted to look at the screen time and again. You will not get to sleep soon enough. Give yourself a rest.
  3. While driving do not use that phone. Instead, set your phone to do not disturb while driving. It blocks all notifications, etc and provides peace of mind without any distraction.
  4. While working out at the gym listen to your favorite tunes. And then get on with your workout. It is really that simple. I know that you can say that you have been to the gym without turning red even though for the better portion of your workout you have simply been sitting around. Instead get going and just put in the work into “workout”.

Embrace technology to the fullest and at the same time also know well when to turn it off. Make sure you reconnect with the people that mean the most to you. Do that by giving them the most meaningful gift you can give to anyone: your presence.

Ralf

5 ways of not becoming a smart phone addict


5 ways of not becoming a smart phone addict 

I think we are all losing it. We are all on cell phone crack. “We” meaning the people who own a smart phone. This week while working out at the gym I noticed how many people were just sitting on various pieces of workout equipment checking their smart phones. Holy smokes! I get that you want to tune out the world by plugging in your ear buds, but just sitting around checking out the screen is neither helping stay in shape, nor is it polite keeping other folks waiting for you to get yourself off the machines.

It does not matter where you are this issue of us tuning the world around us off is rampant. From family outings when the phones are going around the table with funny or bizarre Youtube stuff being shown to going to restaurants and no one talks anymore because everyone (including the kids) is glued to their little screens. No one is safe. The little device seems to dictate when we pick it up and pay attention to it rather than the world that surrounds us.

This has got to stop. We are losing our connection to our worlds by being connected to it only electronically. What can we do?

  • For one we can turn most push notifications and dingers and ringers off. We need to make the decision to look at the device – it should not be the device telling us that.
  • Declare a cell free zone when we sit together at the table. At the restaurant switch them off and put them in the center of the table. Same for meals shared at home.
  • When you work out and you want to listen to your tunes, well, just listen to your tunes. Resist the urge checking your SnapChats, texts, and any other distracting acts of just sitting there looking at the screen.
  • Do not put the device in your bedroom. If for nothing else do not put it on your nightstand. Give yourself some space from being connected 24/7.
  • Declare a cell phone free time during the day. For two to three hours just leave the phone function on, but nothing else.

I am not sure that we can speak of a medical condition as far as us being addicted to those mystical devices – yet. We are losing a bit of our human touch if we not at least curb the constant connection to the world and yet we may lose the connection to the people who mean the most to us.

Ralf

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