Today we have a guest blogger, a fellow writer, Melissa Knights Bertrand. In the interest of full disclosure, I work with Melissa's brother, Aaron Knights, and through being Facebook friends with Aaron, I am familiar with Melissa's writing for her local newspaper, The Buffalo News.
Melissa is the mother of three young and dynamic children and she has a beautiful writing style. I have no idea where she finds the time to reflect and write about the unique things that happen to her and her children, but she does, and we are happy readers because of it.
Two stories she previously wrote that I shared on Cry, Laugh, Heal were Melissa's story about the memorial walk/run that was established a little over a decade ago to honor and support the memory of Melissa and Aaron's Dad who lost his fight with cancer (December 2012) and another story Melissa wrote in July 2012 about a handwritten letter from her Dad being a timeless memento (July 2012).
Today Melissa writes about the cellphones, iPads, iPods and Blackberry devices which are everywhere whether we like it or not. Yes, these devices can improve the amount and the speed with which we receive information from one another but that doesn't mean that we should use them 24/7 with no regard for others.
We can't let electronic devices replace our much needed human connection. I'm not talking about the casual and annoying connection I get when I am in the check-out line at the grocery store and I get to hear the conversation of the person behind me with their spouse or friend that gives me WAY more details about their life than I ever wanted to know.
I talking about the connection between people who care about each other or who are trying to be polite with each other. Nothing can replace a face-to-face conversation. That is when we look into another person's eyes and see the true meaning of their words, hear their tone of voice and pick up on the gestures they use to communicate with us.
And don't forget about quiet time. No chirping, no tweeting, no loud and sudden ringtones. No electronics is quiet time. No electronic is healing time. A time to myself, when I can think, when I can read, when I can breathe.
Off is not a permanent state.
You can always turn them back on.
Don’t Let Electronics Replace Real Interaction
By Melissa Knights Betrand
The Buffalo News.com
March 29, 2013