Today, some thoughts about my day and the amount of information I expose myself, well, I felt a bit overwhelmed. I can honestly say I’m busier in retirement than I was when I was working at the height of my career at IBM. I’m grateful for the time I have now to do the things I enjoy, and being a Type A Personality, I sometimes find it difficult to STOP. The first photo depicts an exaggeration, well, at least for the guy in it, but the truth of the matter is, the second photo is my daily setup and yet I’m still looking at adding two additional monitors with dedicated CPU’s.
The literal rendering of Daniel 12 is true:
“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Dan 12:4 (KJV)
The Hebrew colloquialism for the phrase “run to and fro” does not actually mean movement as in going anywhere, but means the search, being sedentary, with knowledge ever increasing. Now, THAT, I can attest is so true. I determined to work on two particular hobbies of mine, when I retired: reading and music, both digital in format. I have another 11,700+ plus books to read, and another 1,600 songs to hear, but the number continues to grow. It is nearing 13,000. Solomon’s wise words:
“And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.” Eccl 12:12 (KJV)
My brother told me, “I stopped reading what you write because I can’t keep up. You write too much!” I personally don’t think I write enough, but what is equally disturbing, to me, is when I do take the time to put thoughts on paper, people will read the first paragraph and then “like” it, some even comment, and miss the whole topic. Why? Because people don’t read—anymore. We are flooded with information, but if what we begin to read is not less than 250 words, we skim over and go to the next post or whatever else which has gotten our interest and at the end of the day, what have we accomplished? For most, I imagine, not much. Not much at all. I never wanted my day to end in this way, so from about six in the morning until about eleven in the evening, I’m here between electronic devices trying to make sense of what is happening in this big world around me.
Well, I guess I should stop here before I lose another third who began reading this post. But let it suffice to say, my friends, there is so much to still learn. So much to still gain in terms of insight and understanding of truly important matter and it comes partially by reading, watching and hearing. Let’s not forget those other important aspects of life, as I often do, like associating, praying and meditation. As my mother used to say, one cannot know everything, but one can know something about everything. I have yet to determine if either is a worthwhile venture.
I guess, I’ll have to read some more to see if it is achievable!
December 23, 2016