Friday, February 27, 2009

It's A Miracle

It’s a miracle. I turned on the computer the other day and discovered I had a friend request on facebook. It turned out to be someone I had not seen since my wedding thirty seven years ago. There was a time when I would never hear from him again, but he found me on the internet.

What a world we live in. We are all only a few clicks of the computer mouse away from finding old friends, sharing our thoughts with the world, or buying a new pair of sox on line. No matter where you are, if you have the right device you can connect with the world. You can stand on the corner with a cell phone, take a photo of someone, and send it off into the air for someone to see half a world away.

Do you have a question about something? Ask Google about it and you can find an answer.  Make a phone call and hold a conversation with a machine that recognizes your spoken words and answers you. Call your TV from the Mall and tell it to turn on and start recording a show so you can watch it when you get home.

Fifty years ago if you told someone you could do those things no one would have believed you. Back then the only phone you had was attached to the wall and had a dial, the only computers around would fill a small room, and we only had three chainless on our TV.

What next?

Monday, February 23, 2009

What Ever Happened To Tomorrow Land?

When you live up north and outside your window is a snow storm and you are sick and tired of snow, there are only two things you can do. You can remember last summer when it was warm, or dream about spring. Looking back at the past we can only remember how nice it was and realize we will never have it back again. Looking ahead gives us hope in better times.

When I was a kid we always heard of tomorrow, the twenty first century, and the future. There was a world fair with the world of tomorrow and Disney Land had Tomorrow Land. All of it building a dream of better things to look forward to and better times to come.  In other words hope in the future.

Now we are facing a raging blizzard and we can look back, stare out the window filled with fear, or look ahead to dreams of a better time. Looking ahead is the only choice if we want things to improve. If we can envision a future filled with hope and financial security we will have the will power to make it happen. Otherwise we will either be stuck in the past crying in our beer about how bad we have things.

It’s time for each of us to get a ticket to Tomorrow Land and start building dreams to reach for. We can’t change what has already happened but we must have a reason to keep trying. As our own financial world improves so will the world around us, if we don’t give up the storm will pass and the sun will shine again.