Mark Schaefer wrote an insightful blog post the other day about "the joy of life." He describes his thoughts and reflections during a 90-minute leisurely walk, taken in the thick of an otherwise hectic London business trip.
What struck us was that Schaefer, the guy who wrote "The Tao of Twitter," allowed himself to be fully present in those 90 minutes, then shared the experience with his followers after it was over. He didn't tweet his every thought in the moment. He didn't look upon the scene, then look down at his smartphone to post a status update about it.
Perhaps we could all learn something from that.
The digital world gives us a lot of mixed messages. We're introduced to app after app, aiming to help us save time and increase productivity. Yet, we're enticed to spend more time telling others every last little thing we're up to. Heck, Facebook is going public this week, operating on the notion that what we share digitally will increase exponentially each year.
Digital tools and platforms are redefining what it means to "live in the moment." But, could it be that we're losing too many moments by taking time out to share them? Are we cheating ourselves out of a more fulfilling experience by looking downward at whatever device we're using to click and share?
Perhaps it comes down to time management. Do we effectively separate what warrants sharing and response from what could wait? Do we not ask ourselves that question often enough?
Let us know what you think. Are we missing "the joy of life"...or just effectively documenting it?