Today, we live in such a fast-paced society where it seems that our topics of discussion evolve around various social media such as Facebook and Twitter. In addition, text messaging has become a way of life for the young and young at heart. Cell phones have become a way of life for most people. Action-packed video games keep people glued to their game consoles for hours on end and far away from any sense of what is “real.” Moreover, has our technology advanced to a point that people have forgotten about what it’s like to connect with nature? Is it possible that nature no longer matters to us? Now, I’m not opposed to advancements in technology. After all, some technology is needed to advance our society in a way that would benefit not only the human race, but to make our planet a better place for all of us (i.e., solar energy). Likewise, I am utilizing technology at this moment for a very important purpose. To be specific, this is an ideal way to communicate important issues that are often overlooked. However, could it be that technology/social media has taken center stage over our desire to connect with nature? Have we set enough time out for the so-called little things that keep our mind refreshed and our bodies reinvigorated? Have we taken time out of our busy schedules to reconnect with nature? Could it be the “little things” that matter the most? Today, I went to a local favorite restaurant of mine for lunch with family. As always, I eat my lunch outside on the patio. And today like most spring days here in Florida, it was pure sunshine with very comfortable temperatures and low humidity. Much to my surprise, not a single soul was enjoying the stunningly gorgeous outdoors! That’s right, not one person was dining outside amongst the beautiful birds singing in the trees. However, there was someone who came outside and made a cell phone call. Surely, the reception is much better outdoors, but what about the nature? Are people so obsessed with their cell phones that they can’t take a moment to notice nature? Nonetheless, the restaurant was extremely busy inside. As a matter of fact, there was hardly a table available “inside.” People certainly did not avoid eating out due to inclement weather. Also, there were lots of umbrellas to keep folks shaded from the sun if they so desired. The outdoor patio was very clean and inviting. So what was I thinking about the lack of folks dining outside? Well, there was only one thought going on in my mind and it was, “their loss and not mine!!” I must admit it was absolute heaven soaking up the sun, enjoying the gentle breezes and most of all listening to the birds sing from the lush trees. By the way, there was no texting or social media to distract me. There may be a time and place for that, but it wasn’t on my priority list! It’s the so-called little things that reinvigorate me. It keeps my soul connected in a way that no social media could ever do for me. It was one relaxing lunch that soothed the soul.
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