Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Unnecessary Urgings 6/17/09

Those who are possessed by nothing, possess everything.

Morihei Ueshiba
Take a number and get in line.
This morning I astonished myself by realizing how much time I spend on the computer. Of course I really don't have much else to do, but considering that a scant 8 years ago I didn't even own a computer it's amazing how my life has changed. Now I act as if I couldn't live without it.

I actually never thought I would have one, because whenever I came near any one else's the thing would stop working. If I walked into a room where a computer was turned on, it would take one look at me and hide, or else it would start doing crazy things. So I genuinely believed that computers and I had an unsolvable adversarial relationship. I'll would stay away from them, if they would stay away from me.

Now, everything is different. I spend hours typing and reading. This computer is supposed to be a servant. HA! Which one of us is in charge? That's what I'd like to know. Certain things like sleeping, eating, cleaning, going to the market are highly resented intrusions upon the more important computer time. And I hardly ever play games on it. (No, I know what you're thinking. But it's true. I don't.)

In short, I'm possessed by the damn thing. "Please, release me, let me go" as the old country song says. But then I stop and think that if it weren't for my journal I wouldn't know a lot of fine people I've met through this same task master. There is a lot of information I wouldn't have at my busy fingertips. And, face it, what else would I do?

I don't own a TV or a motorcycle, I don't go fishing or play golf, I have no dog to walk or grandchildren to play with, my sky diving and bungee jumping days are over, I'm not in training for the marathon, they'd never take me on as an astronaut or a presidential candidate, Broadway isn't calling and neither is Hollywood, I'm too old for the Green Berets, to tall to be a jockey and to slow for the Everest Expedition, I'm too smart to join a street gang and too ignorant to be a nuclear physicist, I'm too sedentary to explore the Brazilian jungle and too tender footed to try ballroom dancing. I could go wrestle alligators, but I'd rather not.

No, I think I'll just sit here and be possessed. I've got almost everything in my possession that I want anyway.

DB - Vagabond Journeys
Have a sweet day.


Linda S. Socha said...

I love that you are possessed !Surely you and I are a couple of the very few people who do not own and watch a TV!

I confess. I benefit from the gift of your wit writing and wisdom!
I receive that gift and I am thankful to be able to do so DB

Jon said...

We are blessed, because you're possessed! (hey, was that a poem??). I can strongly identify with what you wrote. Eight years ago I didn't have a computer, either, and I swore to everyone that I'd never become computerized. Now, like you, I can't seem to live without it. The world is suddenly at my fingertips. I can quickly keep in touch with family & friends. I no longer have to go to the library and spend hours & hours doing research. I can purchase things that would be impossible to find in local stores. Sometimes a computer is a curse - but much more often it's a blessing.

Big Mark 243 said...

I can understand what you are saying ... and I think that it is more good than harmful, this world where you can reach out and still be a part of life.

Being able to have a dialouge with different people and still learn and grow is what it does for me. I think it does that for others as well.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

It can be a curse at times, but overall, many more benefits that detractors. Yes, I also play games :o)

Arlene (AJ) said...

Hey DB, if the computer has possessed you and gives you daily enjoyment, then go for it dear. Your being possessed that touched so many of us with your words that you write. Thanks for the gift you give us all. Enjoy your day.

Beth said...

Haha! What a fun entry, and so true! I spend too much time at it, too, but I'm trying to break away a bit, especially during the nice weather, to work outside, or spend more time reading. I'm finding a better balance! Hugs, Beth

a corgi said...

the trainer who sent me info for my new job/training schedule sent me an email. She asked me if I had gotten it yet and I said no and that I had checked my scam mail too and it wasn't there and I told her that I had continued to look for it because I'm online 24/7. That's almost the truth, sadly......but I work at home from a computer and then when I have my free time I like to be on it. Its a good social networking tool for those who can't get out for one reason or another and intermingle with others in their communities