“My comfort zone is like a little bubble around me, and I’ve pushed it in different directions and made it bigger and bigger until these objectives that seemed totally crazy eventually fall within the realm of the possible.” ~ Alex Honnold
The weekend photo challenge on Weekly prompts, the site I share with GC, is COMFORT.
Which coven are you meeting with today? asked my daughter Sophie. Ooh Cheeky!
I was in fact, having lunch with seven friends, all former colleagues and all retired. I was neither the youngest nor the eldest of our group I slotted in somewhere in the middle. Meeting up with my friends is always a very comfortable occasion
The previous week I’d enjoyed my regular coffee morning at a local charity farm with another group of four old friends.
Back to the coven of seven (not 13) – Our delightful lunch was taken in a converted mill on the banks of the River Wharfe, and inevitably the subject turned to politics, we discussed Brexit, with each of us offering our opinions on the present political climate; I was voted in as the next prime minister, I cannot think why! 😂
At the end of lunch, one of our group took a diary from her bag. “Come on ladies get your diaries out!” Everyone complied, handbags were opened, and diaries and pens were placed on the table, I took out my phone.
Finally, our next luncheon date was arranged, and it took some doing as the schedules of these ladies would take a lot to beat.
“Aren’t you going to write it down?” I was asked. I showed them my iPhone (cell phone) “I just have, I used the phone calendar and set a couple of reminders.”
“Oh I hardly ever switch my phone on, and I wouldn’t know how to use a phone calendar!” Announced one of the Barbaras. Another turned to me and declared “Oh, you are clever!” Each of them took out their phones to look for a calendar and one to look for her own phone number, the general consensus, however, was they’d stick to their conventional diaries.
I couldn’t help but notice how old fashioned some of their phones were, and I wondered if any of those phones actually had a calendar. I did not pass comment, but I wanted to tell them how they were missing out by not keeping up with modern technology.
I had an urge to enlighten them and explain just how wonderful technology is and how a modern-day smart-phone is a minicomputer, convenient stills and video camera that’s always on hand. A Sat Nav (GPS), a microphone to use as a voice recorder or to type my notes as I speak, it’s a calculator, a calendar, a journal, a music player and so much more.
I longed to tell them that my phone synchronises with my iPad and that I can use an App to order prescriptions and make appointments with my doctor.
I wanted to tell them that the dash cam in my car is wirelessly connected to my phone, as is my CCTV and my video doorbell, I can answer the door and observe my house from anywhere I happen to be and simply by picking up my phone.
I didn’t say any of that it was not my place to preach about technology and tell them what to do. I am so aware that often with technology, people panic about the unknown and have a genuine concern, a fear that they will be unable to understand how something functions, it takes them far out of their comfort zone. Neither should I expect them to be enthusiastic just because I am.
Recently, I wrote an article about Hearing loss and my blogging friend Peter at Peter’s Pondering left this comment. My ears now have TV sound played directly into the hearing aids. I can listen to music via bluetooth, directly into my aids, and I can answer my phone and speak, with, and via my aids.
I wonder what my friends would have made of that? Peter very kindly sent me more details which I’ve condensed and uploaded as a separate document a definite must read! You will be Gobsmacked! I think I too could be out of my comfort zone with this technology Read here.
SueW-nansfarm.net 2019 Photo Challenge Comfort from Weekly Prompts