Technology, both polarizing and powerful

Technology is both polarizing and powerful.

Polarizing because of its ability to automate. Some people are thrilled at technological advancements as it can improve processes and allow us to focus on what cannot be automated. For example, by allowing systems to take over reoccurring tasks, we can shift our focus on exercising our soft skills such as building relationships. Others are upset about the idea of “robots” taking over their jobs and pushing them out of the workforce. Suddenly, technical skills become obsolete.

I have noticed that one’s opinion towards technology is parallel to one’s ability to handle change. Technology is always shifting and advancing making it difficult for people to keep up. Either you adapt to find tomorrow’s solutions or get stuck with yesterday’s problems. Adopting technology that is most suitable to your needs can simply change your life. It goes without saying that, like all things, technology has its downsides. However, it is apparent that it has the ability to shape our daily lives.

 

Call your loved ones

As we grow older and more preoccupied with our own lives, it becomes more difficult to spend time with our loved ones. How paradoxical. Technology makes it easier than ever to connect with others, yet there is a disconnect in the quality of our connections.

What are the effects? We lose feelings of belongingness and forget how loved we are.

What would the world look like if every person felt loved? I’m assuming it would look like this. More kids would know that someone believe in them, making them feel more free to explore and speak their minds. More parents would be armed from a loss of purpose when their children leave the nest. More outcasts would be less inclined to perform heinous acts in search for attention. There would be more empathy, understanding, and joy; and less hate, discrimination, and injustice.

Create positive ripple effects.

Start by calling your loved ones. Text someone you haven’t spoke to in a while. Volunteer at your local community center. Smile to the strangers you walk past. Make eye contact and listen when people speak.

I myself am trying to call my parents at least once a week. How odd is it that I talk to my parents more now, after I moved out, than when we lived under the same roof. You don’t know what you have until it’s gone. The happiness they show every FaceTime makes my heart sing.

Tell people you love them. Show people why you’re grateful for them.

Doesn’t matter if you do this once a month, once a week, or every day.

Just start.