If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!

by admin on February 16, 2009

child-reading-bookI’ve been resisting for some time, but last night, I finally caved in. I joined Facebook. Okay, I know. You’re thinking between the blog and Facebook, I’ll have no time for work and exercise. I’ll have to add friends, post on “the Wall,” make my list of “twenty things about me” and re-connect with people I haven’t spoken to in years.

Well, thankfully, that’s not my intent. While I don’t mind the concept of Facebook, I’m not really interested in adding another item to my electronic ” to do list. ” Between keeping up with personal and work email, blogging and maintaining my own website, honestly, I don’t know how I’d have the time.  But I did think that it’d be a good way to get the word out about an upcoming workshop I’m teaching.

So, I logged on last night, created a profile and created an event. And, wouldn’t you know, it was fun and easy. And I like the look of the event and the functionality they offer you.  I looked around and found a few yoga friends and sent them ” requests to be friends.” (*Sigh*.. is this what it’s come to?).

The world is constantly changing. There are more and more ways to stay in touch, find people and stay connected. We’ve all read about how we have less valuable “down time” because we’re always connected to cell phones, email and now we even have Twitter! Haven’t heard about this? Want to know what Lance Armstrong had for breakfast and how he felt after his last training ride? Log onto his Twitter account and read it for yourself. Technology, while impacted by the economy, is somewhat resistant. All you need to do is walk into any Apple store these days and you’ll wonder if there is a recession at all.

I’m not really sure what the moral of the story here is  but ultimately, we can decide how we use our time. We can pick and choose those “technological advances” we take advantage of.  I firmly believe there’s got to be time every day for just “us”.. for peace and quiet and self-connection. Even if it’s when you’re driving home from work and you simply turn off the radio and drive in silence, that’s fine. That used to be my daily meditation and when I got home, I’d feel completely refreshed.  Make time for yourself every day.

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