Gratitude

LAKSHMI on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving

I am grateful to the digital age for…

  • social media that has obviated geographic distances among people, so that I can participate in events and relationships from continents away.

  • easy communication that lets me keep in touch with people who matter to me, and share joys and sorrows of life with them.

  • a new playing field into which my teenage child was born, and I was dragged in kicking and screaming, which allows fertile interaction and joys of reverse parenting as my kid teaches me to hold a stylus.

  • new skills and new neuron connections as I navigate new technology, thereby ensuring brain health and perhaps delaying the genetically predisposed Alzheimer.

  • ease of work – I type this in the comfort of my home, because my office is a skype-call/email away.

  • information and learning – for a self-professed Philomath, the access to knowledge and information has been brought down to a screen swipe or, even better, a voice query through, Siri, Google assistant, and Alexa.

  • entertainment – who would have thought that the best forms of entertainment from all over the world could be crammed into a small screen within my palms?

  • e-Commerce - Gone are the days of winding lines at the billing counter, in which I suddenly remember, as I approach the counter that I have forgotten one essential item, which is in the farthest aisle.

  • ease of travel – Not only can I book tickets on a whim, but also meticulously plan every moment of my vacation, making travel safe, fun and easy.

  • social awareness – giving back to the community has never been easier. The Internet and its reach have raised awareness of pertinent issues and offer ways to participate in social causes.

  • creativity – I blog, for blogging, I think, and, as Descartes put it succinctly, ergo sum. The digital era offers innumerable opportunities for nurturing creativity for young and old alike.

I am also grateful to the digital age for teaching me,

Most of all, I am grateful for this platform at Mobicip, in which, I learn, think and communicate my thoughts. I am grateful that there are readers, who read, communicate and help me see new perspectives.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Writing credit: Authored by Lakshmi, a Mobicip writer, and researcher trying to make sense of the rapid transformation that is the digital era.
 
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