I am one of those intensely focused people who can tune out a loud scream while reading. Most often brief interruptions have not interfered with my ability to stay on track. However, this week I have had numerous distractions that have pulled me away from my daily Internet current events and responding to e-mail. Over the busy weekend I do not know if I even looked at a computer and I was not even on vacation. The truth is that it felt fresh again to plunge in at the beginning of the week. I thought perhaps everyone should take a break from technology ruts and routines every now and then.
Over the past few weeks I have also learned through this technology class that I truly learn more working beside people than plodding along on my own. There is something about the dynamics of experimenting with others and taking risks that motivate me! Also, when I forget how to do some task, it’s reassuring to ask questions and to make learning connections. For instance, a book podcast captured my son’s interest in a particular reading series. Sharing similar experiences also provides meaning and purpose to technology use.
A similar analogy can be made with the fine art of cooking. I have learned far more being in a kitchen with others than I have by reading a cookbook or perusing cooking techniques online. In addition, I often find that when I have moments of reprieve from the daily grind that creative interest is renewed.