December 24, 2015

Personal Upgrades: Digital Health as Spiritual Practice.


When you click on “Update” to make sure an app is current, do you ever think about it again?

I don’t. It’s just part of my digital health program.

I’ve discovered that things work better when I update. And when I don’t, sh*t gets weird.

The other day, I giggled at how true this could be in real life.

Take a trip with me into my imagined personal upgrade process…

“A new TinaLear software update is available (version 7.2.3). To update your TinaLear software with the latest software, click Update.”

Clicking Update shows you the list of specifics you will now be able to enjoy:

NeatNOW is more streamlined. Clothes get put away quicker and on an automatic, daily schedule.
iListen—vastly improved functionality, holds eye contact for longer, fewer interruptions, fixing the issue of app crashing during periods of disagreement.
iCope—runs in the background now, no manual clicking needed. Activates during moments of high stress, including the all new LetItBe feature which circumvents the outdated, battery-draining FixEverything feature so troublesome in previous versions.
• Resolving an issue for some that caused overlapping misunderstandings when trying to relay information.
• Fixing an issue that could prevent on-time arrivals at appointments.
• Fixing the recurring crashes resulting in lost purses, lost keys, lost phone.
• Accessibility Improvements:

o Fixing issues with attention despite the presence of electronic devises.
o Fixing an issue with email addiction.
o Improved flow and accuracy of communication.

Then they click “Update” and that would be that. No past recriminations. No expectations of old behavior in the future.

Think about it. When we update our iPhones or whatever, we don’t spend the rest of our lives moaning about how five years ago it took longer to do stuff. We don’t approach our laptops with bitter resentment because forty years ago they didn’t even exist, and boy did that make our lives harder forever. We never think about it. We just deal with what we’ve got now, and hopefully, keep updating.

Wouldn’t that be cool for TinaLear (V. 7.2.2), or for that matter, AnyOne (insert your name here) (V. 7.2.2.)? Once our people downloaded the new version of AnyOne (7.2.3), all those features they read about would be built in, so they would just expect them. No one would look back and wring their hands over how sucky it was before and how much damage was done because of that. They’d just be with the AnyOne of now, using the app to enrich their lives however it does.

Furthermore—if someone was having a real problem and they called tech support, the answer would most likely be, “Have you updated the app? Did you install the new drivers?” And, in most cases, that would completely fix the problem: i.e., update their installed program of the new AnyOne V. 7.2.3 app. And, of course, baked into this whole thing is the most important part: us installing our own new drivers and updates. Not running on outdated, ineffective platforms. Staying current with ourselves.

I envision a world where, when there’s an update, we only deal with that version of the person. Imagine a world where parents, grandparents, would get to be known for who they are now—not who they were 30, 40, or 50 years ago. Imagine a world where you could be known for who you are right now, not for choices you made before you knew better.

Namaste everyone.

What would your updates include? Have fun contemplating that, and then please comment below. And, Happy Holidays!


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Author: Tina Lear

Apprentice Editor: Taija Jackson / Editor: Caitlin Oriel

Image: GotCredit/Flickr

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