ZOOM World

The world we live in now has changed in so many ways. It seems like we adapted overnight to the constraints of meeting remotely. My laptop microphone didn’t seem to be up to the task. When I was in meetings on Zoom, people often said they couldn’t quite hear me so I had to move closer and project my voice stronger. I ended up with a sore throat from the added strain of an hour of speaking loudly.

video screen
Picture of a picture of a Zoom persona

So, I bought myself a headset. It makes me look like some sort of radio personality, but it’s so much more comfortable to conduct a meeting. This morning I finally resumed sessions with the person I tutor in literacy. I found I had to wiggle the connections a bit to get everything just right, but it was such a joy to once again see the face and enjoy the company of my friend. She went back to reading me stories and asking me for explanations of a turn of phrase here and there. Loving language, this is really fun and fulfilling for me.

Although I have to work around barking dogs and other interruptions, I discovered I kind of like being able to sit comfortably at home to see and hear people without always taking a couple hours out of my day to drive to and from meetings. As soon as the meeting is over I’m back to the kitchen getting a beverage or off to my knitting or visiting the barn. It’s heaven!

I’m on the Board of my church and we are continually assessing the safety of allowing people to use the building or the grounds. Our services are all online now, and probably will be so for many months. We have concluded that we will continue broadcasting services on FaceBook Live even after the Covid crisis has ebbed, to bring the experience to those who are staying home. This means more trained volunteers to manage the technical aspects, and my husband and I took the training last night. We are technology people, but it is a little nerve-wracking to take responsibility for making the whole service work.

I do worry about the people who are not comfortable using teleconferencing tools to stay connected – the elderly and the stubborn. I, myself, fall into the “stubborn” category when faced with setting up accounts on social media. I don’t like the lack of privacy and the behavior of people on FaceBook and refused to join until the only way to view church was through that portal. I keep my information to a bare minimum and do not accept or invite friends. I set up a Twitter account when I was taking a web development class, but quickly learned that I did not like the intrusion into my life of all those tweeting opinions. I am quickly becoming a dinosaur as a result of my cautious nature.

Still, life moves on around us and we can become a boulder in the river – fighting the current and being worn away by it – or we can go with the flow and be swept away like all the other detritus. Which sounds worse?

About bluestempond

Hobby farmer living at Bluestem Pond in Michigan.
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3 Responses to ZOOM World

  1. michiganme says:

    Great post Nancy—your last paragraph sums it up perfectly. I think I’m a rock in the river and I invariably move downstream slowly but surely.

  2. bluestempond says:

    Thanks, Molly. Boulders can provide stability, it all depends on one’s point of view.

  3. Ann Coleman says:

    That’s the problem with our reliance on technology for communication….the elderly often don’t have access to the internet, or if the do, they don’t know how to use it. I tried to teach my mom countless times how to use her email and social media, but she didn’t understand and it just stressed her out. Thank goodness I’m close enough I can still see her (socially distanced, with masks) physically. But she hasn’t been to church or seen a service since March, and so many seniors are just plain alone and very depressed. I honestly don’t know what the answer is, but it is such a sad situation!

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