I do like using my i Pad. What a great invention! Initially I didn’t think I needed one, and said so when Brendan wanted to buy one for my birthday. Many years ago when my children got their first mobile phones, they enjoyed texting their friends. I thought I will never be using one of those. I had to eat my words when I got my first mobile phone. I find texting invaluable to be in touch with family and friends.
My children are now up graded to i Phones . They are texting, taking photos, listening to music, playing games, talking and recording all on this little machine in their hands.
Again I thought to myself I do not need one of them. Then came the day I could not get hold of a plain mobile that texts for free and phone calls are cheap. I had to give in and go for an upgrade. I can even take photos. Now I have to pay a monthly bill and I don’t know what for?
I took some interesting photos of scenery recently. I asked a friend to help me transfer them to my I pad. It was not quite as simple as I thought. They told me I needed a Dropbox. What on earth is a Dropbox. Maybe it is not on this earth. It is probably up in the sky somewhere!
Another friend had some beautiful photographs of my garden. I asked if he would send them to my e mail, so I could store them. I have advanced to use the e mail and store photos. He told me to install What’s App on my phone. I was only asking for a simple doable request. I am not a whizz kid on information management. I just wanted some one to help me.
I must admit I am guilty of avoiding explaining something to a child. I was just too tired to answer and told him to “Google it”.
Why does the mobile phone sales assistant want to get extra commission by selling a pensioner a phone that runs up a big bill? Why are the younger generation impatient to help someone who is older? Were they not helped by us when they were young to learn their A B Cs and cross their Ts and dot their Is.
One cannot survive on one’s own. Let’s not be independant. Let’s share skills and help one another with doable requests.
Much knowledge separates the generations and the genders. The more we are independant, we do not need others and do not receive help from others. I am willing to see the situation from another’s perspective. Maybe the person I asked to help me was under pressure to get to work or had other pressing things on his mind. Maybe he will change his mind.
I think many of us get illnesses because we internalise our frustrations. Perhaps we think others are too busy to listen or they may not understand one any way, so why bother. People go to the doctor looking for help. Very often they are offered a prescription of pills to numb the pain. A wise doctor may be able to look beyond and offer a comforting word of encouragement.
A wise person said “A good night’s sleep solves many problems.” It is like balm to one’s soul.
Let us communicate, stop, listen and help one another. That develops love and understanding. We will be all the more healthy. Then we will be obeying one of the commands Jesus gave us “Love one another.”
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