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Moving Through Life

May 17, 2012

I recently returned from a trip out west with my significant other. Like most people obsessed with keeping up with their business/friends/social networking and such, I brought along my trusty laptop. My hubby had also brought his tablet (which serves as a hot spot) and iPad, GPS and all the pertinent accessories for charging and connecting us to the e-world.  We were thus able to keep in contact with our studio, check for critical emails and respond if needed — an office on wheels.

Enlightenment of a sort soon descended upon us.  Very little communication was actually that critical to our existence or to the existence of our business. Most of the emails I received on my 3 addresses could be scanned for  subject lines and then deleted without reading. Intermittent signal in the Great Plains kept calls and texting to a minimum, and dragged download speeds to slower than snail mail. It was okay.  There was nothing we were doing that was so important as to become upset by that.  We were moving through a sea of life and had time to be aware of it.

Hawks, pronghorn antelope, deer, badger, pheasant — these were some of the wildlife we watched pass by our vehicle window.  The terrain and flora slowly changed from Midwest carpets of bluegrass and maples, to the soft gray-green of sagebrush and cottonwoods scattered over deeply carved gullies and canyons.  In South Dakota the winds beat us nearly off the road.  In Montana, a sixty-second snow flurry gave way to clear blue skies and snowcapped peaks in the Bridger Mountains.  All of that I would have missed had I been intent on burying my nose in the ethernet.

My lesson was that virtually nothing we were involved with could not wait.  All our human endeavors were put into perspective while we watched the land and life unfold before us, hurtling down the highways from Point A to Point B. The basics of life operate just fine without the ‘Net.

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