Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Recently two of my adult daughters went on a trip with me. For some silly reason, a GPS came up in our conversation. Could it be they didn't trust my driving?
Hah! We eventually made it back home.
What I wanted to share with you was their astute observations. The older one had borrowed a friend's GPS for a trip to Chicago. She attended her function and realized she didn't have a clue how to maneuver her way out of the city. She said, "I relied so completely on the GPS I didn't pay attention to anything. So basically I didn't learn anything about the city. I turned off the GPS since I wasn't in a hurry, and figured out the way home on my own."
Now there was an interesting take on the situation. A techy generation person chose to turn off the GPS.
The younger adult daughter told her story. Two people from a regular "Youtube show said they had used their GPS so much they didn't think they could find their way home, and they had only a five minute drive. They didn't know how to drive around their neighborhood. Can you believe that, Mom?"
I think I've used the contraption maybe twice in my life.
Hubby and I still prefer the discovery method when time allows. For fun, we'll drive the country roads playing a game. The destination is in _____ direction. Let's try to find it. We point the car in the given direction and drive. If the road dead ends we find the next road heading in that direction. As a result, we've found many great places to visit.
When time doesn't allow we pull out the map, use mapquest, or google directions.
The one the girls found on their own?
Placing your dependence on things can lead to problems.
This doesn't mean using a GPS is bad. It is a great tool. But so is our mind.
There is a saying "We should learn something new every day." I was surprised my techy adult daughters felt GPS was more of a crutch than a need.
So, friend, what have you learned new recently? What would you like to learn?
I will start. My current interest is: marketing. If I could spend a weekend with Melissa Tagg or Edie Melson I think I will have learned enough to last me a whole year! (click on their name to go to their blogs.) These ladies are the cream of the top for marketing information for me, (you did not see that cliche).
How about you?