How many of you have ever been told that something is fool proof or it is so easy a child can do it? Then when you get doing it yourself, it doesn't work. A child might be able to do it, but you can't. It makes me feel inadequate. It makes me feel not very bright. It makes me ask the proverbial rhetorical question, "Why Me?"
This happened to me this past week. People have been posting avatars (cartoon images) of themselves on Facebook. I have not been able to do so. Supposedly Facebook is slowly releasing the needed update to make an avatar. Supposedly I will get my turn. But until then, I have to wait and just admire everyone else's cartoon. And again I ask why me.
In this time of social distancing, many of us are struggling with new technologies. This morning for instance thousands of people were tuned in to a preaching festival. Despite all of the careful planning, technological whizzes, and what have you, something went wrong and people could not hear. It worked yesterday, but did not work today. And it gets frustrating.
We have done YouTube services at church. Our patient crew has had to experiment to get the sound right. Despite what I think are careful instructions that I send out each week, some people are missing services or can't find the links while others are having no problems with the sound or finding the links.
The thing is we are all trying to learn new things. If you are like me, learning something new takes time. It took me a few tries to ride a bike. It took me some practice to learn how to type. I am not going to pick up a guitar and immediately be Liona Boyd. So why should it be different with technology. Learning something new takes time. We need to be patient in these new times. It will take a while until using technology works just like clockwork. Until then, we learn by trial and error. Blessings