Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Is GPS making us blind?

As I was driving to an event this past week, I was using the GPS feature on my phone. There was traffic, and I was paying attention to driving and to the cars around me, yet, I drove right past my destination as the little lady in the box didn't tell me to turn in time. 

Remember before we had GPS? 
Remember actually looking around for your destination?  
Remember directions given by reference to sites you passed and landmarks? 



Do we even notice those sites and landmarks any more? 

I think our, at least my, reliance on GPS has started to make us blind to our surroundings. 

Kind of a statement to being present in our surroundings in general. We go through so many things on autopilot without even realizing it. 

What are we missing out on by being so focused on the next turn, and not where we are right now? 



Now, don't get me wrong. I love, and frankly NEED my GPS. My poor husband not only can't take my tear filled phone calls when I'm lost, but is also a pilot and frequently unavailable to assist me in my navigational shortcomings. 

Luckily, like most things, I think the realization is enough to start the change. 
I'd love to challenge you to try to see more as you navigate your week. 

  

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