Slow on the "Uptake"--But not anymore! Well ok, maybe still a little slow; but hey I'm a Digital Immigrant
Gert Scholtz recently wrote an article about time.
I read it.
I liked it.
I shared it.
But alas, call me exceptionally slow to actually see something that was right there in front of me.
I somehow missed a really important tool that could help me read and understand some of the posts on this site. Yes, I know folks had talked about this and that something was coming, but for some reason I missed it actually becoming an embedded part of this site. I somehow missed that it had been added, and plain and simple just didn't see it until today.
In my busy life, I seemingly can’t find the time to read all the great post that I would like to read, and knew that I was missing out on so much good content because I just didn’t have the time or didn’t speak someone else’s native language. I have fleeting opportunities to quickly pop in, read something, make a comment or two and pop out.
When I pop in for a view, it more often than not is on my phone in between meetings, so my cognitive and typing skills on my smart phone are well--digital immigrant in nature. So there I was today, sitting at my desk and having the time to re-look at a post in Spanish. It was one of those fleeting, yet refreshing moments where I was actually able to take the time to just sit there for a second, you know one of those fragments in time, because I could tell that it was one of those posts that was sitting there, wanting and waiting for me to read.
You know that feeling you get when you see something that you can tell is just way too cool, has that aura of compelling interest calling to you, and something that just makes you want to take the time to slow down and really endeavor to take "it" all in:
- to see "it"
- to embrace "it"
- to get to "its" essence,
- to savor "it"
- to comment and engage in and about "it"
So there I was, sitting at my desk and guess what? I just saw the translator and wallah, my world has opened up immensely. I am more than slightly ashamed that it took me this long to actually figure "it" out. For most of you, you are probably scratching your heads saying like the Easter Island Head in Night at the Museum, hey dum-dum what took you so long? But for me, today was one of those life lessons in slowing down and actually opening my eyes so that I could see what was right in front of me. And at least for me, what a lesson it has become. This dum-dum now has more gum gum.
Although slow on the uptake, I just wanted to thank all of you for making things just a little less complicated. For your untiring efforts in helping make life a little better, a little more positive and a little easier by helping bridge the language divide. And slow as I may be, my world of reading has just become a whole lot broader and easier to navigate because of your efforts.
Now Gert, if you could help me with that time thing, I might just crack this nut yet?
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