Have we become settled with the notion that it is okay to offer a short cut of ourselves to another? Today's computer technology and the pace of our daily living has made it status quo to send fragmented sentences, a word here or there, or icons to convey the feelings in the message we want to deliver. These quick responses perhaps have their place, but at what point do they become a hindrance instead of a helping hand?
Begrudgingly, I have put up with one of the newest short cuts for the past several weeks: Gmail's Smart Reply. For those who don't use Gmail as their email provider, this is a program that apparently scans incoming emails for the purpose of "helping" us write our own email responses. As we start typing our sentence, Smart Reply jumps in and finishes it for us. Voila! It may not be what we were going to write, nor contain words we were going to use, but oh well, Gmail is telling us this is the "smart reply."
Could Smart Reply, and other programs like it, become easy-to-use options whereby we end up being less present in our written communications? Might we become complacent with doing less of our own thinking? Could there be an ever-progressing cultural assault to dumb us down? Consciously instigated, or not? The less we think for ourselves the easier it becomes to succumb to the box of choices the world outside of us offers.
We human beings are wonderfully complex. The notion that an icon, scattering of words, or a program that completes our sentences is going to convey the fullness of our message is dubious. The time we take to respond, or not, and the words we use to communicate to another speaks volumes to who we are, and to the value we place on our relationships.
And what of the value we place on the most important relationship we have? The one with ourselves. The looming tragedy in relying on these short cuts, is the loss of power in choosing our own words. The words we speak and the sentences we care to author informs us of who we are - and how we have come to know ourselves.
The words we choose are powerful agents in creating our experience. When we say or write that we are "delighted with" something or someone, we are! When we say or write we are "depressed or lonely," we are! Whatever it is we are saying, or writing, this IS how it is. It is not going to be some other way - than the way we are telling it. (Unless we are lying, but that's another topic.) We are are own scriptwriters.
Or are we? Could the steady reliance on these types of technology short cuts be shorting out our inherent power? The words we choose to use and the sentences we author are potent. Depending on the intensity of our feeling that backs the words we choose, therein lies our potential to create; the mix of our feelings and the meanings of our words is a powerful fuel. When we take action with that fuel pack within us, here is the spark that ignites and empowers us to bring our thoughts and ideas into manifestation.
This is not an effort to take us back to the days before "smart" technology. There is a time and place for its use. It IS a shot across the bow, a heads up, and a reminder of the power we wield when we use our own words, author our own sentences, and tell our own stories.
Words are akin to being magical. There is an almost endless array of them available to us for our use. Each one of these words vibrates with its own meaning. They lay waiting, as in a magical pool, to be chosen and fully energized by our intent.
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(By the way, it's possible to delete Smart Reply by going into Gmail settings.)