Checking the Time ~ Original Haiku

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A modern problem

I check the time
on my phone, but...
don't actually see it


Image by daledbet from Pixabay



If any one thing exemplifies modern life, it may be this one, when we activate our phones to check the time, intending to use them as a modern-day pocketwatch, but then are so distracted by all the other stuff on the phone that after putting the phone back in our pockets we realize... we didn't actually look at the time. 😓

Undoubtedly people have always had problem with focus. Twenty-five hundred years ago the Buddha preached about the problems of focus and his followers created special communities (monasteries) to help people eliminate distraction and focus on... well, focusing. I imagine the problem had existed for a long time before he came around too, probably ever since we left the trees and our evolutionary traits of being distracted by every little new thing started working against us.

That said, no doubt technology has made the problem of focus a much more difficult one to tackle in recent decades.

Happens to me more often than I'd like to admit...

(edit: technically, this would be a senryū and not a haiku. @raj808 has posted some really good senryū in this group, so you may have seen some. Senryū are very similar to haiku, follow the same structure—either 17 syllables or short free-style—but they focus on human folly instead of nature. I tend not to use the word since I think modern haiku has kind of expanded in scope and now includes senryū, but it is an interesting idea so I thought I would mention it. I might post more about this in the future (haha I say that knowing I've promised the same about renga and tanka... well, I'll get there someday! 😅))



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    @dbooster

    From your post:

    That said, no doubt technology has made the problem of focus a much more difficult one to tackle in recent decades


    I tend to agree here... Sadly, so many of these technological "distractions" are created with the premise of, "For your convenience"... yes? So busy looking down, trying to reset that GPS because the location is unknown. That you run off the road... or worse, get in an accident. Not too convenient, in my opinion!

    I appreciate your choosing to use my TAG again. Hope you are having a good weekend... Stay Focused!

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    So busy looking down, trying to reset that GPS because the location is unknown. That you run off the road... or worse, get in an accident. Not too convenient, in my opinion!

    haha exactly! The idea of many of these things is good, but either the implementation isn't or maybe too much has changed too fast and we as a race just haven't had time to adapt to all of it yet. I'm always reminded of how in the past a person might face one major technological change in their lifetimes, if that, but these days we face at least a handful every single year.

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    Me too, I do this a lot 😅 checking but actually not minding the time.

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