Choose It Forward: 365ideas4change Number 64

I have a very limited presence on Facebook: I think I have 6 “friends” – but I actually know them in person too! I also have the 365ideas4change community page. I used to trawl through thousands of arbitrary updates, but decided to minimize that particular virtual presence because I’m just not that into it.

Having said that, I saw a video-post today (from a friend of a friend of a group of a community or something). It was cute, with phrases coming up to the sound of “In the Still of the Night’ asking the viewer to cast their minds back to the days before all the technological advances we have today, before internet, before, well now.

I smiled at the nostalgic tone, the ‘remember when’, the yearning for better days, more meaningful activities, children playing hop-skotch, one-on-one social contact. I smiled because I was laughing at my own buy-in to the nostalgia. Because not a single thing that came up in the video isn’t possible any more: we simply choose not to. I won’t argue that certain technologies- like mobile phones – have not become crucial. If you participate in any kind of social activity, like work, you ‘need’ a mobile phone. But having a mobile phone, having access to the internet, having the option to play games on Play-Stations in no way negates the option not to. I know in theory all the neurochemical reasons that these activities dominate our attention. But we can choose differently.

So, after I’ve hit the “publish” button (with this time an ironic chuckle at myself), I’m off to have a drink with a friend, at a local pub, with our dogs. Mobile phone stays in my bag. How do I do a ‘waggy tail’ smiley in WordPress? 🙂

About Julie Courtnage

With training in environmental science, I facilitate 'naked conversations' about sustainable wellbeing. Using facilitation techniques, systems thinking, art, music, writing, movement and photography, we explore the active creation of our uniqueness - personal and collective, as individuals, organisations and society - and our relationships with others, with sustainable wellbeing, and with genuine happiness. This journey of creation is a journey of Love. And fun.
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