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Stop the world—I want to get off

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April 24th, 2012

In 1962 there was a musical titled Stop the World I Want to Get Off. If people back then thought the world was spinning madly, imagine what they d think today. In the 60s you might have been worried for yourself, but today you re probably more worried for your children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren. Have you ever watched closely as an ice skater spins? She focuses on one spot as her body turns, and then suddenly turns her head and focuses on another. If she kept her gaze constantly spinning, she d get dizzy. But by shifting her focus from spot to spot, she can maintain her equilibrium. That same principle can help you survive this madly spinning world.

Focus on the important

If you try to take it all in all the news, all the latest gizmos, all the health problems, all the changes in weather it would definitely make you dizzy. But you also just can t throw your hands up in the air and give up. So like the skater, you have to focus on just a couple of spots. It s true you ll miss some things, but better to keep your sanity than try to absorb it all. Let s take computers (or tablets) as an example of what I mean. Computers allow you to open up all sorts of windows onto the world that you can explore endlessly. But opening all those windows takes a certain amount of skill to master. Many people end up saying that it s too much for them and don t even try. But if you adopt that attitude, you d be missing an important window. Video chatting, for instance, allows you to both talk to and see your family members who may live far away. You may have heard of Skype, which is a software program that allows you to do that, and best of all, it s free. So forget about wishing to step off this madly spinning world. Instead, look for areas on which to focus and in that way you can continue to enjoy the ride.

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