Each year a new word is added to the English dictionary. A few years back, in 2013, it was the word ‘selfie’. Yes, there is nothing like a good ‘selfie’ taken with your mobile phone and maybe even with a selfie extension.
On a recent overseas trip, my wife and I had a 24-hour layover in Beijing, China. We decided to tour the city. Our final stop, on what turned out to be a really hot day, was the Great Wall of China. We took the chair lift to the top, then climbed 100s of steps to one of the towers. The view was amazing. I decided to take a 360-degree panorama video with my phone. After we were back in our car on the way to the airport, my wife started showing me her photos. Then I showed her my video. Unfortunately, without realising it, I had my phone in ‘selfie’ mode – so all I had to show for my time visiting one of the wonders of the world, was a 20 second video of my ugly, unshaven, sweaty, sunburnt face! How embarrassing.
Hopefully, when your life is over it wasn’t one big selfie! Rather, let’s look around to the world around us and seek to make a positive difference – for others.
Selfie. Think about it ...