It’s that time of the year when many of us are turning our thoughts to one word: Gratitude! At least, that’s what I’ve been thinking about these days as we near the end of 2020.
This year has been filled with ups and downs, but within all of it, there have been things I am thankful for and that I would not exchange for anything. Since my purpose with Way2Protect is to connect cyber safety with daily living, I would like to connect GRATITUDE to cyber wellness by talking about what I’m grateful for when it comes to technology.
Living in gratitude is something that I didn’t fully understand until I committed to a daily practice. Of course, I believe strongly in the power of saying “thank you.” I am grateful for my family, my job, my friends, my health, for having a house and many more things, so it was easy to say thank you when things were going great and I felt joyful. Practicing gratitude when things were not going great was the real change and my life and the way I perceive everything just changed.
This unpredictability is very common when working with technology. Have you ever needed to print an important paper that was due, and your printer just stopped working? Has your computer ever shut down right before you saved an important document, and just like that your file is gone? This has happened to me over and over in the course of my business and personal life.
Even with all the chaos, I have learned to still feel gratitude for how we use technology. I am grateful for being able to communicate with my family. I am grateful for sharing meaningful moments in social media. I am grateful for enjoying the privilege of using a phone, a computer and creating an online community. These are things I never would have imagined growing up in poverty.
Lately I have been working on being intentional with using technology, so that I can use it effectively. During the day I establish specific moments for when I am going to interact and use my phone, especially to check social media or my text messages. It can be addictive to use technology, which can affect mental health. I make a conscious decision that each time I am going to interact online, whether it’s to send someone a message of support, send a thank you note, answer a prayer request or simply be kind to someone.
Feeling grateful in my cyber world allows me to be more present. Each time I grab my phone I use it as an opportunity to send a thank you to someone. I am grateful to know stay in touch with my family members that live overseas and keep connected with friends I have not seen in a long time.
How do you express gratitude online?