As you may know from my last blog, in just a few days, Sunday, September 9, we (my husband Monty, dog Foxy, and I) will hit the road at dawn to begin our drive across country from San Diego, CA to Easton, PA.
We’ve decided to move to Easton to live near our dear friend Frances Hesselbein, one of the greatest leaders this world has known. (Read more about Frances here.)
We’ll be there 6 months or so. I am in awe at this opportunity that we have and at the ease with which it has come together. I’ve promised myself and you that I’ll share what I learn over these months, and this blog is that promise in action.
We’re pretty much packed and ready to go. Most of our personal items are in boxes and bins out in the patio stacked and ready to put into the U-Haul trailer we’ve rented. Last night I pulled the plug on my desktop computer. Taking the office down is a huge endeavor and as I was packing it up, I realized how comfortable I’ve made it.
Everything I need is usually just a drawer or a shelf away. I can move quickly and easily to handle most anything that comes my way during the day. Except last night, when I turned to grab a book off the shelf to help me with some inspiration for a piece I write. The shelf was empty! I laughed and remembered I have packed my books! Now what? I smiled to myself and enjoyed this first little inkling of change.
As I considered my next steps, I thought about the past, years ago, when I would have either had to give up on the project until I could get to my books, write an entirely different piece, or go through my packed boxes to find the right reference. Today, all I have to do is a quick search on the Internet, and I’ll find what I need. For instance, Google’s digital library is an amazing reference tool. If that doesn’t do it, I can do a search for the topic or thought leader I am interested in. Or, I can look through one of the many books downloaded to my Kindle, which I always keep in my backpack or suitcase. There are no excuses for not being able to find the “answers” any more. I can nearly always find what I need to create content.
This major shift in content accessibility has been created with the rise of the Internet and technology. Who remembers researching at the local “library” or those first years of “dial-up” internet research? I do.
Today there is an abundance of information, most of which can be found on the web in an instant. And, it is at our fingertips anytime if we have a cell phone and internet. So, how do we navigate such an abundance of information? How do we determine what is fact, what is opinion, and what is wishful thinking? How do we know what is true and what is not? And, finally, how will such an abundance of information change the direction of humanity? What do you think? I’d love to hear.
Thank you for reading!