I'm in a bit of a pickle today. See, usually, I log onto the internet to write the blogs for STAT Delivery Dallas. It gives me inspiration. It allows me to do a little fact-checking. I even get to research the great information provided to you in these six hundred word mini-essays of greatness. But today, my power is out. Why? Well, if you can answer that question, then I invite you over to share a lukewarm toast, seeing as my refrigerator is slowly, but surely, leaking all of its cold air into my kitchen as we speak. It's a perfectly sunny day. The first day of spring, in fact. It's a mild 70 degrees. No wind. No rain. No reason for my power to be out. But alas, here I sit, in the dark slowly pecking away at my smartphone’s notes section with my thumbs. (This may be the longest 600 words I type...ever.)
It got me thinking. What in the world did we do before the internet? How did we work? How did we research? We did it all in person, that's how. If we had something we wanted to know, we hiked to the library, learned our Dewey Decimal System, and searched the card catalog for the topic we wanted. Then, we wrote down the book's location on a piece of paper with a pencil. That's pay-per and pen-sill. For those who have forgotten, or those who are all together unfamiliar, we used to actually write things down instead of typing them into mini keyboards on our hand-held devices. If we wanted help, we used our voice box and asked the librarian (an occupation where one actually comes to work in a physical location filled with books and assists others with finding and borrowing said books) who would take us by the hand and show us where to find Goosebumps novels. (Perhaps it's been awhile since I've been to the library).
Life was a little more personable back then. Our STAT Delivery Dallas team is a pretty friendly bunch. In fact, we're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone. If you call us up, you speak to an actual person who can assist you with your urgent, or routine, transportation needs. We feel that's the best way to run a business. People serving people. This concept seems to be long forgotten in our age of instant satisfaction. Thankfully, our STAT Delivery Dallas team can offer pretty instant satisfaction (Need a super rush delivery? How about a one-hour courier? We've got you covered!) without compromising personableness. Which, in fact, is a word, I double checked on my phone's browser, seeing as my power is still not functioning.
As I sit here longing for my power back, mostly because I am now engulfed in complete darkness and with my phone battery slowly draining, I am wondering if I will be able to find my way up the stairs without breaking my neck, I am also longing a bit for the days when we were forced to be social creatures. Face-to-face or vocal interaction wasn't a choice, but a necessity. Of course, if I am really feeling lonely, I can always call up our STAT Delivery Dallas team, seeing as they always have a real live human to answer my call, but that might be taking advantage of their hospitality.
Technology has brought us many wonderful things. I can order toilet paper to be delivered next-day to my front door with the click of a button. When my kid wants to watch “Veggie Tales”, I can have it on in an instant without having to explain commercials or TV guides. I have the ability to see my husband's face from halfway across the world, and show him to my children while "he" rests in the palm of my hand. It truly is remarkable! But when we rely solely on the trappings of life, we lose consciousness of the simple things that surround us. For example, I am currently surrounded by darkness and complete silence. It's quite wonderful, actually. I can't remember the last time I could hear the ticking of the clock four rooms away. What a blessing that I would have missed out on had my power been up and running! Surely, I would have been plugged in to the evening news, or distracted surfing the web. Instead, I get to sit here and focus completely on the STAT Delivery Dallas blog.
It makes me think that maybe, just maybe, we could all use a little "lights out". Maybe not literal darkness, but perhaps just some time away from the smartphone, the internet, and the constant struggle of the outside world for our attention. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the quiet.
Ah ha! My lights have returned, and the electronic devices are already beginning to start up again. The peace was short-lived, but perhaps I will be lucky enough to experience it again sometime soon. I think my STAT Delivery Dallas friends would agree that a little "lights out" never hurt anyone. Unless, of course, you try to navigate the Lego minefield during the darkness. Then, lights out can become incredibly painful!