Lately, I have had good reason to distrust technology, as back-ups have gone haywire. I have spent a large part of the summer, recovering data from one dead hard drive. Then staring a various older backups and the recovered data to try to piece together so I have everything back in one place.
All of this has put me in one of those "I want to be Amish" moods. Especially as I sift through the contacts and addresses that are on my phone -seems to be an update from my work computer, and the older addresses from a back-up. This is, or was, the last straw for me. I hadn't updated my ancient Halmark Address Book in about 15 years! So that was no help either.
|My recent feelings toward my computers!!!!|
As with all good projects, one thing leads to a completely different project. I decided I need a physical back-up to my hard drive when it comes to addresses and phone numbers. So off I go hunting for an address book. A REAL, honest to goodness, paper based address book, like my old one. This was not an easy task. Then, to contact anyone I know I can get a hold of via Facebook, email or text to double check all their info. I am glad I am doing this, as I have learned a few people moved without telling me...
|My sad, neglected, very out of date address book (left) beside it's replacement (right).|
A few reflections of my recently acquired pursuits, shows this thought as well.
- Postcrossing - sending and receiving postcards via "snail mail"
- Fountain Pens - writing long hand
- Writing Letters to friends and family (instead of email...) - a long forgotten, missed activity
- Calligraphy Class - penmanship actually mattered
- A REAL Address book - yes, I will still have one on my computer, but the hard copy is my most up to date.
|My quiet spot to sketch and write.|
So what have I taken away from all of this? Technology is good -- But --- Sometimes the Simple Life is better.Find a quiet place to spend a few minutes writing a quick note, a chatty postcard, or longer missive. It will make you and the recipient smile. We all need to take a few minutes to enjoy a slower life.