Rings, Dings, Pings, & Other Things

Rings Dings Pings


Everyday we are interrupted by the rings, dings, pings, and other things. 

Technology is consistently notifying, updating, and alarming us to meetings, email, and other incessant messages of what everyone else is up to, where we need to be, or what someone else wants from us. 

We have become a generation of human Pavlovian Dogs. 

We find safety in reacting to things.  
If we step away from technology, from being connected, from sharing what is the risk? 

Why is it so difficult for us to live in the moment? To be present? To ignore the buzz and rings? 

Do we fear not being part of the crowd that shares? Do we fear being forgotten? Or that we might be replaced? Do we fear being unfriended, unfollowed, or simply deleted? 

When we pause, step away, and become present in the moment we then place ourselves on the hook for creating something. 

I believe our fear resides in that very moment when we are about to create. 
The moment we begin to place our creation into its physical form. 

The moment we become original, for taking a stance, and for having a point of view. 

When we come back and enter the digital community we can either join the game and be part of the echo chamber or we can come back and share something original that we created in our moment away. 

The reality is that there are plenty of interchangeable people that can take our place in the echo chamber. 

Yet there is only one you. Only one me. 

Create, share, and connect and you can’t be replaced, because only you can create your art. 

I choose to be original. 

I create healthcare change at the N of 1.

As always you can feel free to email me at cancergeek@gmail.com or follow me on Twitter @cancergeek



One response to “Rings, Dings, Pings, & Other Things

  1. Love this post. Apart from your encouragement to be mindful and present with patients, it also points to the fact that we live in a world of sound. While some healthcare brands are considering the importance of managing the sonic environment, most turn a blind eye (or should we say, a deaf ear) to the problem. From alarm fatigue to managing fear and anxiety, the research is clear. The strategic use of sound in healthcare can mitigate pain, increase patient satisfaction, reduce stress, accelerate the healing process and much more.

    When it comes to healthcare environments, we need to consider how our perceptions and behavior are shaped just as much by what we hear as by what we see (and smell and taste and touch).

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