The r0b1 August 2017 Monthly

A House of Cards Called Communication

The photographs I’m featuring this month are part of a growing collection I literally stumbled into. An avid walker, strange objects left behind on sidewalks and footpaths started capturing my attention.


As I began to snap photos of these forgotten items, I noticed lone playing cards to be the most frequently left behind. I can’t help but wonder, “How did this one card wind up in this spot? What’s the backstory here?”


When I look at these photographs today, they speak to me not just of something forgotten but something that held the potential of deep meaning at one time. Whatever that was, though, we don’t know for there’s nothing like it to compare to. Oh, well… whatever.


As a writer and someone with a deep inclination to genuinely communicate in a variety of ways, the dynamics of communication have been at the forefront of my mind lately. More and more, it seems, simple conversations have become a rarity in our increasingly complex world.


With smartphones, the way we communicate most often today bears little resemblance to only a few years back. But just like my feature photos, this can take on a tone of sadness or one of intrigue as we look to what’s ahead. When I’m given a choice between hearing the bad news or good news first, I choose the bad so I can get it over with and get expectations behind me. So that’s what we’re gonna do here.

Allow me to be the straight-shooter I am and just state that smartphones have made us all dumb.

 As much as I love my iPhone, I can no longer tell you my best friend’s number or walk 50 feet without checking to see if any little red notification icons have appeared. And instead of conversing with my friend briefly about doing lunch — thereby understanding his tone, subtle humor, or general mood — it’s a couple of texts: “Lunch? 12:30?” — “K”

Among the most disturbing phone/text/media related things I’ve been seeing of late are public service announcements urging parents to pay more attention to their kids instead of their phones. Do we honestly have to say that to anyone??


I’m pretty sure among the fundamental problems is the human tendency to skip past the very instant at hand in favor of a distant ambition on the horizon. Instead of giving attention to what IS, all focus is aimed out toward what could be.


Each week I catch Caerial Crestin’s astrology column on the Maui Time website. Last month, he offered some truly timely thoughts about our current era:


“As individuals, we’re each becoming more and more powerful, with greater access to information, communication, and resources than most humans have had in the past. With greater power, however, comes greater capacity for harm (or help). Unfortunately, I think most people have a negative impact on the world at large; no one is pure evil, of course, but many people’s actions are generally making the world a worse and worse place to live. I believe we have the power to reverse that trend, but it won’t be easy.”

And with that, let’s move to the upside of our information age.

Yes, communication has changed. But for any of us who can find our way out of the mundane aspects of the times and toward more evolved answers, I feel certain there is a lot to be enthusiastic about.

More and more people are incorporating meditation into their lives.

Take it from someone who has engaged in some form of higher consciousness connecting since adulthood: those who stick with this practice will begin to open to understandings that have previously eluded them. They will intuitively understand where others are at without so much as a word.


And here’s the kicker: I have found this to already be going on. As audible conversing becomes less frequent in favor of texting, our more finely tuned senses are letting us all in on a bigger picture at the same time.

The trick to this, though, is being in the moment. My upcoming books, now in the process of being printed, have everything to do with incorporating this into everyday living. These works are the result of a decade-long process that has led to a way of living  - and thriving - that I’d call ‘lighter’. In every meaning of the word.


Bottomline, I’m encouraged that we can consciously take the wavelength we’re on and expand on it to our greatest advantage. And I’m talking beyond phones and devices. Who knows, perhaps before too terribly long, I’ll have photos in my collection with random phones on the sidewalk.


Thank you for viewing and reading =]  Rob


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