Technology often makes us so connected that we're reachable anywhere. Phone calls, e-mails, text messages. Every form of communication finds its way to us almost instantaneously. Sometimes that makes it difficult to unplug and unwind.
But for all the privacy downsides associated with technology, I've found some technology that brings me true sanctuary. So I thought I'd share just in case you weren't aware of this super-cool reading tool.
For me, reading is a HUGE sanctuary. When I can get lost in someone else's world, I don't have to worry about my own. This past week I had to travel on business and I was pretty keyed up about the argument I had to make in front of a three-judge panel. When I arrived in Atlanta, I scouted out the courthouse (so I'd know EXACTLY where it was in the morning) and on my way back to the hotel, swung into a diner. So there I was, sitting alone in a restaurant, with nothing but my iPhone to entertain me. But, I also had my kindle App on my phone.
Using the App, I was able to pull up a novel from my Kindle library, download it to my phone and read my way into oblivion instead of feeling really alone. THE BEST PART?? (I think this is so cool!) The App knows where I left off reading on any other device.
So, when I got to the airport and wanted to read on the larger iPad screen, the App picked up right where I'd left off reading on my iPhone. And then I got home and went back to reading on my Kindle. Sure enough, the device syncs right up. Not having to find the last page or chapter you read (which happened to me on the same trip when I dropped the paper book I was reading and my book mark fell out) is just really cool. Plus, I'm pretty sure you don't even have to own a Kindle to use the Apps.
So there it is. Amazon should totally pay me for this endorsement. Sadly, they have not. Which is even further proof that I'm just plain smitten with this gizmo.
And in case that info wasn't enough to brighten your Monday, I'll share an embarrassing story from that same trip. I kept my nose in some form of technology the whole time I was in the airport and apparently didn't spend enough time looking at my actual paper boarding pass. I ended up almost missing my plane because I'd been sitting (and reading) at gate C11. Turns out, 11C was actually my seat number. My plane was boarding at gate C22. *facepalm* See -- I obviously needed more sanctuary!