Balancing "Things" and Values in Life

A new Internet friend of mine, Nihar Pradhan recently wrote a post about the effect technology has on our lives. He asked me to give my perception on the pull that technology has and how I keep my world balanced in this age of technology.

Balancing "Things" and Values in Life
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Maybe it’s that I’m not young anymore, but I know that much of technology is something I could live without. After all, I lived without some of it from my birth until I was forty years old. That’s when I got my first PC. Even then, I wasn’t online.

I like my PC. I’m online often during the day in between activities like housework, meals, reading, writing, etc. And even with the writing and sometimes with the reading, I’m still using the PC, just not online.

With this said though, if one day my PC has vanished, I’ll be okay. I won’t freak out, although writing this makes me realize that I should get some home addresses of my online friends. I don’t want to miss out on good friendships because of a technical problem. As far as writing goes, I have a spiral notebook and pens. I’d go to the library to type them up or buy a typewriter if I can afford it.

I have a Kindle but I haven’t used it in over two years. It isn’t a Kindle Fire or the Kindle that doesn’t have the glare. Do I hear someone whispering “relic”? In today’s society, it probably is. Eventually, I’m suppose to get a Kindle Fire from the cable company Hubby and I just signed up with. Because it’s more like at tablet, I might be inclined to use it more. We’ll see.

I also have a cell phone. I could get online with it but I don’t see any point in doing that. I use it when I’m out of the home, which isn’t very often. Usually I’m out and about just to go to an appointment of some sort. How many appointments can a stay-at-home wife have? Not many, I assure you.

I grew up with TV, although when I was in elementary school it was still in the baby stages. No one had color — it was all black and white — okay, lots of gray too. I grew up with Leave it to Beaver, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Ed Sullivan, Mighty Mouse, etc. The TV was never turned on until the evening news came on during the week. On Saturday, it wasn’t touched until my brother and I had finished our own household chores. And what I mean by touched is literal. We had to go up to the TV and turn a knob to get the TV on and off, and the same for changing channels. Yes, we got a bit of exercise in the living room. Sundays were a lot like during the week because we had church in the morning and we were either at a relative’s house or they were at our house. When there was company, the TV was not on. It was pretty much that way until I married Hubby. I think TV is one of his addictions — I know that he’d have it on 24/7 if he was home all the time. When he goes off to work, I turn the blasted thing off.

Nihar mentioned electricity as part of technology. He may have a point there because without it, we wouldn’t have the rest, would we? I’ve been camping where I only had a fire in a pit as my light and there wasn’t any heat except for what the fire gave out. I guess camping is alright but since I’ve been an adult, I’ll only do it if I absolutely have to, like the town I live in crumbles to nothing. I’d manage but with some grumbling along the way. I think I’d go out and buy a wood-burning stove and an ice box as quick as possible. That is unless I didn’t have a home to put them in. :/

Because of movies like “The Postman”, most of us have some idea of what we’d be facing without these conveniences. Yet, with all that we have in today’s world, do we have any idea how many values we have lost or neglect?

As a species, we used to be able to tell when someone was depressed and needed our help in pulling through. That person wouldn’t have to say a word about how he/she was feeling. Because we were aware, we’d just know. Nowadays though, we’re too busy looking at our Smart Phone or Kindle to even acknowledge that there is even a person standing in front of us, happy or sad. We don’t look at people when we talk to them. Again, we’re too busy with our cell phone or tablet. In spite of the inclination that we want everything “yesterday”, do we realize how many times we’re heard saying, “Just a minute,” because we need to text someone, finish reading a line at a website or something else that must be more important than the person who needs our attention? It boggles the mind.

Are we taking good of care of our values as we do with our tech. junk? I know that sometimes I’m not. I get caught up in all the gadgets, not paying as much attention to how I’m acting or what I’m saying to the people around me. For me this means my integrity is being compromised — by me. When I can catch myself, I walk away from as much technology as I can (which doesn’t include electricity) and I spend more time with friends and family if it’s possible. If not, I get out a book to read. I can usually do this a couple of times each day in between the other things that aren’t so technical — like housework. 😛

Is your life balanced between things and values?

Now, with all that said —

Do you like the new winter look for my blog?

15 thoughts on “Balancing "Things" and Values in Life

  1. What a great post – I could identify with much of it! Heck, I could have written it!

    Sigh… I am addicted to my Kindle though. I love to read! If it weren’t my Kindle, it would be a paperback my nose would be stuck in. I take my reading material with me wherever I go – I read in lines and I read in movie theaters while waiting for the feature to begin. 😄 My husband is also a reader so it doesn’t create any problems.

    It is amusing to me, however, when I go out to dinner and see a group of people at a table busily texting or emailing away on their smart phones!


    1. Glynis Jolly

      I love to read too. Nevertheless, because I have astigmatism, my eyes get tire quicker. I can only read about 2 1/2 long chapters of a book before I have to put it down for a while. Extremely annoying. I’m hoping that with the new Kindle, I’ll be buying more e-books. It’s cut down some of the cost.


  2. I like the winter look. Yup, I have had the same experience. I remember when a man from the phone company came to our class to talk about his job. He told us that one day, we would be able to talk to people and see them at the same time.

    Phones aren’t allowed at dinner, and I have a nagging performance if they are pulled out if we are in a restaurant.

    I love the computer because I always have questions I want answered and the internet gives that to me much more rapidly than going to the library.

    I only take my phone with me in case I break down. If anybody sends me a text, or calls, I wait until I get home–that’s what I did in the olden days. 😀 However, I love Facetime. When I talk to my daughter it’s like we’re in the same room.

    I loved the old black and white television. I remember when one of the neighbors were the first on the block to have one and we went to watch for a bit. I vividly remember when my dad first bought a color television. We watched a Tammy movie.

    Thanks for the walk down memory lane Glynis. :


    1. Glynis Jolly

      You’re more thank welcome, April. Yes, the computer is faster in many ways and, like you, I do use it for research. I’ll be typing away on a writing project and come to a scene where I want to make sure I have my ducks in a row. I just minimize the writing screen, pull out the browser and go searching for the info. needed.


  3. I have a phone, but it’s for emergencies when I’m out. No-one has my number. I Have an iPad mini but use it to take pictures and collect books and avoid reading them because I prefer my paper books. I haven’t the time to learn much of anything else on it since the New Year. I have a desktop + printer and scanner. I used these occasionally when necessary. Where it is situated internet is poor and it’s cold in winter. I was gifted a laptop and love it as it’s portable and the internet is much better on the dining-room table.
    Are my things and life balanced? I believe so, but I know I spend way too much time blogging, which is almost a full-time job. I’m hooked, however, and do manage to take weekends off to veg and read and read and read. 🙂


    1. Glynis Jolly

      I still prefer my PC that sits on my computer desk and where I have a deluxe desk chair. My chair is fabric-covered with comfortable arm rests, a high back and, of course the rollers underneath. I’ve had it for over ten years and still think it’s one of the most comfortable places to sit in the house. 😀


  4. I am with you, though because of my tech teacher job, I am often forced to try/adopt techie stuff. Though not always. I bought a new TV–Smart TV, connects to the internet, has apps, does lots of fun stuff. First, there are a ton of buttons and inputs to get it to do that–not a simple push On. My daughter is visiting and insisted we explore its capabilities. Nothing we found appealed to me. I guess the TV is for select shows in my world.


    1. Glynis Jolly

      You mean they’ve come up with a Smart TV? If it isn’t user-friendly, it can’t be too smart. I’m beginning to wish that we’d go on to the next age/era and get out of this tech. age stuff.


  5. My tech is mainly my kindle fire (amazing), my mobile (cell phone) which I always leave indoors. There’s nothing worse than being interrupted outside. I’ve never been a telly person, but my Papa did have a TV like the one in your photo… Oh, am I really that old?! The one thing I couldn’t do without is my PC. I use it for 2-3hrs most days and solely for blogging and writing. Touch screen typing isn’t for me… I prefer to strum my fingers up and down a keyboard, it helps me think.

    Of course, there will come a time when housework and shopping are done by robots… now I could get used to that!

    Oh and, yes, I like your winter look, particularly the calming background colour.


    1. Glynis Jolly

      I’ve tried the touch screen typing. I was a failure at it. There used to be an item called the typewriter, which would give you the same sensation of that finger tapping. 😛

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