Stop Twittering and Smell the Coffee

Here is a link (+ some excerpts) to an op-ed article
i read/appreciated in yesterday’s New York Times
that is well worth pursuing.  It recommends we should:

Tweet Less, Kiss More

I concur wholeheartedly.
I often just stop to -
focus on breathing,
look around,
listen to silence,
smell my coffee,
take a photo.

What about you?

~ sb

~*~*~

New York Times OP-ED COLUMNIST BOB HERBERT Published: July 16, 2010

This is all part of what I think is one of the weirder aspects of our culture: a heightened freneticism that seems to demand that we be doing, at a minimum, two or three things every single moment of every hour that we’re awake. Why is multitasking considered an admirable talent? We could just as easily think of it as a neurotic inability to concentrate for more than three seconds.-Bob Herbert

Enough already with this hyperactive behavior, this techno-tyranny and nonstop freneticism. We need to slow down and take a deep breath.

I’m not opposed to the remarkable technological advances of the past several years. I don’t want to go back to typewriters and carbon paper and yellowing clips from the newspaper morgue. I just think that we should treat technology like any other tool. We should control it, bending it to our human purposes.

Let’s put down at least some of these gadgets and spend a little time just being ourselves. One of the essential problems of our society is that we have a tendency, amid all the craziness that surrounds us, to lose sight of what is truly human in ourselves, and that includes our own individual needs — those very special, mostly nonmaterial things that would fulfill us, give meaning to our lives, enlarge us, and enable us to more easily embrace those around us.-Bob Herbert

We need to reduce the speed limits of our lives. We need to savor the trip. Leave the cellphone at home every once in awhile. Try kissing more and tweeting less. And stop talking so much.

Listen.

Other people have something to say, too. And when they don’t, that glorious silence that you hear will have more to say to you than you ever imagined. That is when you will begin to hear your song. That’s when your best thoughts take hold, and you become really you.-Bob Herbert

Look Around, Smell The Coffee, Take A Picture (Treo photo by sarah nean bruce, sept 2005)

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/17/opinion/17herbert.html

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