So my kids and I sat down to watch a little TV this past weekend and the 80’s movie War Games was on. To my surprise, the movie is still quite entertaining for those of us who grew up in the 80’s as well as for the kiddos of this generation! I did have to answer the constant barrage of questions having to deal with why the main character just didn’t get on the internet, that the phones he was using were called payphones and no, we didn’t have iPhones back then and lastly, if a plane ticket to Paris is only $178 then why don’t we go! …I still can’t believe that a trip to Paris was $178 back then.
Things have certainly changed quite a bit in the few years since I was a growing up in the 80’s – or at least it seems like it’s only been a few years in my mind. The one thing that hasn’t changed though – and is at the core of the movie – is our reliance on technology ruling our days and our lives. Sometimes we find technology taking over even some of the most minor things in our life and forget the a little human interaction is a good thing. Often times a quick phone call or visit is replaced with a text or an email. The easy way out is not always the best way out.
So surprisingly I found a personal lesson buried deep inside the quirky little War Games flick. The lesson learned is to take a quick inventory of my life and see if I can drop the technology every once in a while and make that personal call or drop by on a family member. Little baby steps….I’m very certain it will make a huge difference in my life as well as in the lives of those I make that extra effort for!