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Time for a Technology Break

by Bev Berens

Published: Friday, December 7, 2018

Telling Your Story

Maybe it's time I take a technology reprieve, even if it is just for a short time. I've been making some huge and embarrassing blunders through email and social media lately.

I didn't get to have that sinking feeling of knowing I sent someone the wrong message because I didn't realize I had added an extra person to the group email until he let me know in an email how funny the mistake was. I could picture him sitting at his desk engulfed in a big belly laugh. In fact, I think I heard the laugh from a state away.

It could have been worse. At least there wasn't anything sensitive or secure in the email. At least it wasn't incriminating or embarrassing. To the wrong someone who wasn't in on the project but got the email anyway, the whole message sounded ridiculous. Now he wants to meet the rest of the team on the project. Tom and Nick and Lindsey needed to get the email. Somehow, Jerry got it, too. It reminded me of the childhood "Tom and Jerry Show"—a comedy of errors cartoon between a cat and mouse. It was a comedy of errors alright.

I did something similar again just yesterday. Fortunately, no damage done again, except to my ego.

I don't know what the problem is since I've had a nice chance to relax and enjoy the woods lately. I don't know why I am being such a bubble head and making silly mistakes. I make plenty of mistakes, but silly ones seem to come in 3's. I think it's a sign to shut down the computer, take a break from the phone, turn off social media and any other distractions for a few days before number three happens.

Maybe someone could come over and sing Christmas carols to me while I decorate and bake and clean for a few days. That way I wouldn't even have to touch any electronics. Maybe chopping wood would be a good diversion too. Even though we don't burn wood or have any wood to chop, it would wear me out and probably give me blisters that would make working at the keyboard painful and uncomfortable. Pain and discomfort are more good reasons to stay away from technology.

Sometimes, we get into a rut of errors. The best-case scenario is that the error doesn't cause anyone or anything damage or harm. When you see it creeping and sneaking up, hopefully you can take a mental break away from the problem causing culprit like I plan to do for the next couple of days. At least I won't embarrass myself in the cyber world during that time, although I'll probably find a way to do so without technology's help.

Bev Berens is a freelance writer and FFA parent from Holland, Mich. She can be contacted at

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