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  1. He was born in 1974. He had a good job and Family. But, he just passed away. I knew him.

    Seeing his Obituary, I was nudged to think about live in a digitally connected world.

    Technological inventions push different services at us all the time. Engaging and interesting services. They make us more busy and more connected. Have you thought of the cost of being always connected?

    I am thinking of it now. I am connected 24/7 as I have a phone that is connected to the web. I wrote an article a few days ago on Why Every Blogger Needs a Smartphone. If these devices get the best of us, they can distrupt our lives and cost us a few of the things that should matter to us.

    What is more important, things or people? When we love gadgets and use people, what does that make us? We sometimes want our family to understand that it's work. Finding the middle groud between our virtual/business relationships and people we care for is vital.

    As I continue my participation in the 30 day challenge to pick up a good habit. I want to include one more; Live a richer life by limiting the number of times I am connected to the virtual world and connect more with people in the real world.

    How do you balance being connected online and spending time with people in real life? Someone could make use of your approach.

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    Be part of the conversation and leave a comment. Thanks!

    P.S. Logging off now. I need to make some vegetable soup. It's been a while I used the Kitchen.
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  2. 4 comments:

    1. Great timing! Today I'm taking it easy, relaxing with the dogs and watching movies. I've had to find a way to balance life, blogging, photography, and a job - it wasn't easy, but it got there.

      The tools I use, a laptop, air card, smart phone, camera - these help me and if they crack down I'll be a little lost. It sucks that we've surrounded our self with electronics (I'm looking for more), but it seems the way of things.

      I love the contacts I've made online and I try to connect in person if they're local.

      This entire thing is pretty amazing.

    2. Jesse said...

      Hi Kimberly,

      It's amazing how our connectedness can make way for us. Finding a me time, like you're doing today [movies & the dog] helps us keep it balanced.

      I need more of the family and me time myself. Thanks for sharing your thought.Hi Kimberly,

      It's amazing how our connectedness can make way for us. Finding a me time, like you're doing today [movies & the dog] helps us keep it balanced.

      I need more of the family and me time myself. Thanks for sharing your thought.

    3. Jesse,

      You raise the point of the so-called 'work-life balance' which is something we all struggle with at the best of times. Particularly because our virtual relationships require as much of an emotional and time investment as our real-life relationships. The fact is, they are all relationships shared with real people. People with feelings and no one likes to feel left out or neglected. Without trying to sound cold or uncaring, I think the best way to deal with our relationships, whether real or virtual, is in order of priority. Prioritize your relationships. Figure out who is most important to you and why, then make time for those people everyday. Others, you may decide to reach out to only once or twice a week. Still others you may reach out to more occasionally than that. But having some kind of strategy on how to manage your relationships, has for me, made it a little bit less stressful. (And keep in mind, these are not hard and fast rules - your prioritized relationships should serve as a guide to relationship management - a flexible framework if you like for navigating the networks of people we know).

    4. Jesse said...

      Jacqui,
      The Value we placed on the relationships matter. What works for you may not work for me. Right. Prioritise.
      Thanks for sharing your view. Jacqui,
      The Value we placed on the relationships matter. What works for you may not work for me. Right. Prioritise.
      Thanks for sharing your view.

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