Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Cyber Communication (email, IM’s, etc) (11/04/10)
TITLE: Window on my World
By Kate Oliver Webb
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Then I got a job which required that I get acquaintedâ€”quick and dirty, they called itâ€”with one of the earliest PCs. It was definitely on-the-job training, and I was the trainer and student.
Fortunately, I picked it up quickly, probably because I was delighted with the technology. It simply made work easier.
Then when one of our church members bought himself a new PC, we got his old one (yet another clunky machine), but it was a step up from the one I had been using at work. So our little family became quite acquainted with what the PC could offer: word processing, accounting, data files, and lots of stuff we hadnâ€™t quite learned yetâ€”but we knew it was there for us.
When the Internet showed up on our newest PC, were we thrilled! We got on the Internet super-highway, put the pedal to the metal, and never looked back.
When I became disabled some years later and had to go on medical retirement, I was thrilled to be able to be on my PC even more. As with any technology, of course, it can be used for goodâ€”or not. Fortunately for me, I became aware of news sites, searches to learn more and more about the world I live in, and learned important facts about my own physical disability and medical conditions.
I learned to love emailing; it kept me in touch with friends and family in a way that â€śsnail mailâ€ť never could match. I used emails and instant messaging to stay close to important people in my life.
Then came â€śsocial networking.â€ť Since becomingâ€”carefullyâ€”involved in that, I have been able to re-establish friendships with people I knew (and havenâ€™t been in contact with) for more than 50 years. It has been an incredibly world-widening experience for me, especially since my disability doesnâ€™t permit me many outside adventures.
There are the two friends Iâ€™ve been corresponding with, who were in my Sunday School class when we were eight years old. Wowâ€”catching up with them has been fun, and inspiring.
And old friends from my Bible College days, now spread all over the globe, who are part of my life again, bring with them their life experiences which broaden my world even more.
The reverse seems to be true as well: Iâ€™m told that my lifeâ€™s journey has blessed and inspired these old (renewed) friends, and that our mutual friendship has proved to be a blessing to them, too.
My communication via technology has enriched and enlarged my world. It benefits me in ways I still canâ€™t begin to know, and I am grateful for it.
I count this as one of those gifts which God â€śrichly provides usâ€¦for our enjoyment.â€ť (I Timothy 6:17 â€“ NIV)
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