The year the internet broke us
Technology got the better of us this year.
We were not prepared for the speed with which new apps were introduced. Before we could really grasp all this new technology, it had consumed us in addiction. We looked down and we did not look up. If we had looked up, we would seen the pain, destruction and suffering on a global scale. We would have noticed sadness in friends and family members. We would have acknowledged the pain and suffering in our own souls. Small screens became giant walls.
It was easier to look down.
As we looked down, cracks appeared in our relationships and we ignored them, preferring to communicate with others via WhatsApp, Messenger and SnapChat, rather than with those closest to us. We are all guilty. And now we face the music of our neglect. We have lost touch with our spouses and we have lost touch with our children.
A never ending feed of hacks to make us look better, cook better, parent better and work better, coupled with the impossible call to find “our purpose” has zombified and paralysed us.
Facebook and Google have spent billions investing in virtual reality technology. Elon Musk and Richard Branson are spending billions to get us to space. All technologies that are chasing places that are other than here, where we are.
Let me be clear. I am a startup nut. I love innovation. I love new inventions and breakthroughs.
But I am tired. Oh, so tired. And I do not want to do it again like this in 2017.
DEVISIVE OR DECISIVE
Now is the time to choose which path you take in 2017. The one of love, compassion, empathy, presence and honest communication. OR the path of divisiveness and dismissiveness. What responsibility are you going to take for your words and your actions. Are you checking in, or checking out?
The response to my last post How Are You has been overwhelming. Never before have I written something that has prompted women and men around the world to write whole paragraphs in response. Thank you to each and every one of you who wrote in and told me how you are.
The lead up to New Year is a reflective time, yet I am determined not to end the year all gloomy. We have the power to make choices. I am a woman of action and a woman on a mission. So I have unpacked my soul in the only way I know how…by writing it down.
I marked up a piece of paper with the following and have written my honest responses. Maybe this is an exercise you will also find helpful:
The Things That:
- Made me happy this year
- Made me feel alive
- Sparked my interest
- Gave me energy
- Made me angry
- Made me sad
- I can fix
- I can’t fix
- I want to do differently
I want to close my final post for 2016 with my best picks of videos, that hopefully you will find as uplifting and soul-filling as I do. The purpose of posting these videos is not to encourage you to look down more. I firmly believe that the internet is a wonderful resource. How we absorb technology, for how long and for what purpose deserves our personal reflection. I hope you get as much out of these videos I have.
Thank you beautiful Maxers for reading and reacting and living 40 To The Max this year. I am humbled by how far my words have travelled. Wishing you a joyous and safe holiday season. Merry Christmas, Happy Channukah, Happy Kwanzaa. Happy New Year.
Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself
It is very easy to make the things that happened to us in the past our prison. To free ourselves and move in a forward direction, we need to accept that is happened, acknowledge how it made us feel, the impact it had on our lives and FORGIVE. I am trying to do that.
Empathy: feeling with people
This year, I was guilty of not responding the best way when receiving confidences from friends. My brain automatically went to “How can I fix this? What do I know, or who do I know, that can fix this problem for my friends? Simply because I am a problem solver. I realise now that I just needed to listen and empathise. Brene Brown’s TED talks are very interesting. Here is a little animated snippet of her work, but you can check out more from her on YouTube.
There is nothing worse than betraying yourself
How do you know you are on the right path? In the right relationship? Are you betraying yourself?