Sometimes technology makes us efficient but cold.
Sometimes we gain speed by cutting out things that matter.
There was a time that when I wanted to talk to someone, I called their family.
I didn’t call “Billy Johnson”. I called “The Johnsons” and asked for Billy.
My vocabulary included the words “Hi, this is Mike, can I talk to…”
And not just at work.
Now I have a phone in my pocket and people call me: Mike Mitrovich. Not the Mitrovich family or the Mitrovich house… just Mike.
Mail was the same… if I got it, it was in the pile with everyone else’s.
Before I could read a letter, someone’s loving hands wrote, folded, addresses and sealed it.
And more human hands brushed against it before it found its way into mine.
When I wanted information, my finger would flip through the pages of a book or I’d find someone and ask.
It took time. It took effort. It took knowing the people ask or the right book to read. It took asking questions like, “Hey, do you remember…?”
Now it just takes Google.
I used to be amazed and excited about the ways technology made life more efficient, more fast, more fun.
But as I push 40 and I watch my 5-year-old growing up, I’m starting to feel abused by it.
I’m glad boardgames are popular, because boardgames are awesome.
But this rush of iPad boardgames is killing me.
I have Google alerts delivering boardgame news to my inbox.
And dude… it’s depressing.
A typical breakdown of what I get:
- 20% basketball, board room politics, other unrelated crap
- 05% Actual boardgames
- 75% iPad versions of boardgames
I get that it’s easier to open an iPad app instead of a box full of pieces sometimes… but it’s worth putting in the time.
There is no substitute for getting a group of REAL people together to play in person.
Playing real physical boardgames…
There’s a project on KickStarter right now that I’m pretty excited about called StoryTeller Cards.
Part game, part creative inspiration.
As some of you may know, I’m a huge fan of Rory’s Story Cubes. I like storytelling, especially spontaneous, improvised storytelling that involves other people.
So you take the idea of Rory’s 54 dice images and expand that to 54 cards in a deck with all kinds of imaginative hooks, and you have me wanting to throw my money at you.
As I finished typing the main body of this post, news of the Boston Marathon explosions started streaming into my feeds.
At first, I didn’t think it appropriate to publish a post about happiness. But then I thought… what better time?
We will experience pain, suffering and catastrophe in our lives. Filling our tool belts with more ways to find happiness can’t be a bad thing.
Last night I had the opportunity to hear from Dr. Mark Holder PhD, regarding the topic of happiness.
He and his team are studying hapiness in a way that has seen very little light in modern psychology. See, most of psychology seeks to diagnose what is wrong with you and then fix it.
Positive Psychology and specifically Dr. Holder’s team, is looking to determine what is RIGHT with us and how to promote it.
And they have found scientifically proven ways to enhance happiness.
Since happiness is a key component of my legacy of fun, I want to share some of what I learned from Holder’s talk in this and a few future posts.
I say “learned”, but really there weren’t a lot of surprises. But many things of which I needed to be reminded.
Keep in mind that Dr. Holder’s study of happiness involves both the short-term joy of say, enjoying an ice cream cone on a summer day, as well as in terms of enduring well-being.
For today’s post, let me just share some reasons happiness is something worth thinking about… you know, besides the fact that we all crave it…