I’m sitting in what I fondly call my second office. It’s my local café.
I come here when my home office (which is not sound-proofed!) can no longer offer me a space without distraction. When my kids are home and noisy, you can find me here!
Not that it’s quiet here… But there’s something about the soft, great music, the medium size video screen in the middle of the huge glass wall and the view of the mountain that my town sits on; the sound of the coffee machine working and the constant buzz of conversation, people coming and going; it’s strange where the muse lives…but she’s definitely here!
They greet me by name, I set up in the same spot when it’s available, (on the high bar with the tall chairs), and wham, I’m ready to write! It’s
funny where comfort lives. Some of my best ideas were conceived here!
And this week, when we have been inundated with heartfelt accolades for Steve Jobs, I am more aware than ever, that my business could not have
existed even 10 years ago. The technology that enables it all is so new and improving, it seems, by the moment. My resources for learning, guidance, coaching and inspiration are global and yet right at hand. We are more connected than ever.
I pause for a moment to listen to the amazing jazz saxophone being played on the screen and notice the woman sitting with her shopping trolley and a
single red balloon tied to the string in her hand.
Someone speaks loudly on a mobile phone and a couple are discussing the numbers on a spreadsheet not far from me.
I realize that with all that we are connected in this virtual world, this café offers me the comfort of human connection, the real person, the
unexpected expressions, the sights and smells! No wonder I feel inspired here!
When we sit in our virtual world, having intense relationships with our various devices, no matter how cool, wonderful, efficient and brilliant they are, they are a cheap replacement for the real thrill, the thrill of human connection.
Perhaps that is the real brilliance of Steve Jobs and the few others that have changed our lives with technology; that they have created experiences that are so rich, creative and fulfilling that we are reminded of the beauty and wonder of the world around us.
The trick is to remember to switch off now and again, and smell the coffee!
© Copyright 2011 Lisa Bloom