A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. – George Bernard Shaw
Two friends were walking home together. As they get to the fork where they part ways, the one turns to the other and says,”Man…life sure stinks!”.
His pal grins and says,”I think life is beautiful.”
From a nearby park bench an old bum overhears them. With a shaky voice from years of experiences he looks up at them,”You’re both right.”
He says as he turns to the second fellow,“But I’d rather walk with you.”
When it comes to social networking, how many is too many?
Facebook changed the way we connect with people and twitter changed the way we broadcast our lives to others. Now there is Google+, the new networking site from Google.
The hype around Google+ has almost gone viral and it has gone so crazy that Google has seized all invitations, and so sadly, I am not one of the cool people to get a first sneak peek at it.
However, it really got me thinking,
- Do we need all these social networking sites in our lives?
- Are they really helping us to connect with our friends, or
- Are they creating more distance between us and the real society?
This reminded me of cellphones. More and more capabilities are added onto our basic phone. Texting, camera, games, agenda, alarm clock, music player, video player, and now it acts even as a mini PC with its own operating systems. There was once upon a time when we had to carry a different tool for each of these functions, and now they are all included in our handy little cellphone. Then came the news of people being chained to their cellphones, not being able to get away from work because it’s always there, right by your side, emails and phone calls you can’t avoid. So, is it a blessing or a curse?
These are great inventions, making our lives easier and more convenient, but instead of sitting in front of a computer all day and connecting with your friends, how about actually getting together with them and do something? Social networking sites are great ways to update your friends on what you have been up to lately, so that when you do meet, you can discuss more in detail.
There are always strengths and weaknesses in everything, including ourselves as human beings. The key to the puzzle is finding balance with everything you do. Sounds simple but it’s actually very difficult to achieve.
A man, his horse and his dog were traveling down a road. When they were passing by a gigantic tree, a bolt of lightning struck and they all fell dead on the spot. But the man did not realize that he had already left this world, so he went on walking with his two animals; sometimes the dead take time to understand their new condition…
The journey was very long, uphill, the sun was strong and they were covered in sweat and very thirsty. They were desperately in need of water. At a bend in the road they spotted a magnificent gateway, all in marble, which led to a square paved with blocks of gold and with a fountain in the center that spouted forth crystalline water.
The traveler went up to the man guarding the gate.
“Good morning. What is this beautiful place?”
“This is heaven.”
“How good to have reached heaven, we’re ever so thirsty.”
“You can come in and drink all you want.”
“My horse and my dog are thirsty too.”
“So sorry, but animals aren’t allowed in here.”
The man was very disappointed because his thirst was great, but he could not drink alone; he thanked the man and went on his way. After traveling a lot, they arrived exhausted at a farm whose entrance was marked with an old doorway that opened onto a tree-lined dirt road.
A man was lying down in the shadow of one of the trees, his head covered with a hat, perhaps asleep.
“Good morning,” said the traveler. “We are very thirsty – me, my horse and my dog.”
“There is a spring over in those stones,” said the man, pointing to the spot. “Drink as much as you like.”
The man, the horse and the dog went to the spring and quenched their thirst. Then the traveler went back to thank the man.
“By the way, what’s this place called?”
“Heaven? But the guard at the marble gate back there said that was heaven!”
“That’s not heaven, that’s hell.”
The traveler was puzzled.
“You’ve got to stop this! All this false information must cause enormous confusion!”
The man smiled:
“Not at all. As a matter of fact they do us a great favor. Because over there stay all those who are even capable of abandoning their best friends…”
From the book “The Devil and Miss Prym” by Paulo Coelho