Pause and escape chaos

We  live a life of interruptions. Unceasing stream of stimulations.  Notifications from messengers, social media, emails, shopping apps, and a  thousand more. It is killing our focus like death by a thousand paper  cuts. We need apps to keep us focused and then they themselves keep us  distracted. The urge to refresh and check for notifications is  insatiable.

People  get texts, and they respond. The responders then at some point become  initiators, and the story goes on. Eventually, even the kids who don’t  want to be attached to their phones don’t have such an easy choice. In a  culture where everybody sends each other 200 texts a day, you get left  out if you only send 30. We are no longer concerned about the  fragmentation of our attention or our dependence on devices. Our devices  are an extension of ourselves. Our devices were supposed to be our  tools.

May be it is time to pause and think who is the master and who is the tool.

Technology  has brought us an abundance of information and uninterrupted  connections with friends, family and employers. I refer to technology in  a far broader sense than smartphones or computers. But if unbalanced,  it becomes the bringer of chaos.

The  message of the world today is that if you want to hang on you better  speed up, you better get used to the chaos, the maddening flurry of  incessant action.

But  it’s useful to remind everyone that our basic needs never change. The  need to be seen and appreciated. The need to belong. The need for  nearness and care and love. This is given only through slowness,  reflection and togetherness. There we will find real renewal.

We are building a place where we can pause and escape chaos.

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