Have you ever dealt with the frustrations of technology? I have a learning curve these days with anything new. The simple fact of aging brings with it a slowing down of short term memory. Where my mind used to be like lightning, now I need to slow down to the pace of the day. Yet when my friend Cathy showed me her Apple iPad with the neatest feature – you can draw right on the screen with Apple’s own special pencil – I knew I had to have one. Cathy uses a program called Procreate especially designed for this platform.

So I slowed down to the pace of the day, month, and year and slowly put my pennies together. I found that waiting no longer had the urgency it used to have. I have learnt to savor the anticipation of the pleasure I expected to get from using this little technological tool. I learnt to savor the process of the learning curve of mastering this new program. Fortunately I have skills with Photoshop and Illustrator, so playing with the neatest of features is relatively simple. I received my iPad in the mail just last week and it provides all the anticipated fun! Just in case, I did obtain a how-to book on Procreate.

For so many of us, 2021 has proven a year of self assessment. For me, this was simply a continuation of the process that had begun for me in 2019 when my son joined the military. I began facing the fact that there were many situations in life that I cannot control. I began looking down the years of my life in a life review that has released others from my brand of manipulation. This has brought freedom to myself because I no longer project on to others my wants and expectations. Relationships gain intimacy because I know how to listen and keep confidences with others. A benefit is that I am freer to also honor my own needs, so I bought this little iPad and ordered an iPhone 13. Now I have the capacity of photography anywhere, Internet anywhere, and I am eager to continue having my say so.

Published by susanofthenorth

Susan Hintz Epstein is an author, Rune diviner, healer, non-academic scholar, and former Methodist Lay Speaker who was called by the Runes in 2013. The time since then has been a serpentine shedding of one skin for another, as Susan's spiritual practice with the Runes and the World Tree, Yggdrasil, deepened. Susan keeps company with the Norns and other like-minded women.

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