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I’m fairly certain that when computers were invented, no one could possibly have forseen how valuable and so widely used they would become. If memory serves me correctly, the first computer used punch cards. Of course there were failures along the way. The first real working computer was invented by Alan Turing. I recently watched a compelling movie called the Imitation Game and Benedict Cumberbach played the lead role. The movie outlines his vision, incredible fortitude and brilliance and highlights the tortures and struggles he faced because of his chosen life style. His design changed history and the world and is the bases for all computers today.
Personally, I’ve used several different computers including a Tandy, a Commodore, complete with monochrome monitor and several others. I remember reading and creating code from a magazine that enabled a car to move across the screen, or made fireworks pop and sing and I even designed cities as pictures, the backdrop a setting sun.
With each new upgrade, came more to learn, more parts, but greater freedom.
Today, the list is astounding and we are able to choose a desktop, which I prefer, a lap top, a tablet or who could have imagined the smartphone packing as much gig and ram as my lap top with far reaching on the go freedom. Astounding, profound and exciting.
I know I’m delighted with the age of the computer and it’s continued growth. It gives me an immediate eye on the world. I’m able to reach out and “touch somebody” literally, with words, thoughts, pictures. Equally delightful is the ability to share thoughts and ideas from around the world. I spend hours perusing garden sites, photography, how to videos which weren’t available and which speed up the learning curve and more importantly, other like minded individuals such as you, yes you, the reader of this blog.
The vision and brilliance to conceptualize an idea and make it real is continually exciting and breathtaking. While we have become dependent at work and at home on computers which provide knowledge, entertainment, outlook, news and a variety topics, I believe it’s a good thing.
I’ve been in love with gardens forever, often captivated by the beauty found within. My hitherto balcony didn’t allow for such an indulgence, able to grow a few potted plants that brought a modicum of delight was all I could manage. One day, about a year ago, I joined two gardening groups available on line. They accepted me and my resultant delight and pleasure indescribable.
The generosity of all involved touching, amazing, unequivocal. Their love of earth, gardens and flowers unending. Even more astounding than the gardens themselves, was the photographic ability of many. Daily I witness generosity of spirit as they willingly share the beauty they have created and which surrounds them. Through photographs I witness the changes and growth from groundbreaking to completion humbly sharing in their accomplishment.
Many years ago, I gazed upon a picture of a rose completely enchanted. I stood before this wonder and stared. A picture I had taken myself in my desire to capture it’s lush beauty, it’s essence. The rose was so richly velvet, it’s colour so vibrant it didn’t seem real or possible. Had the picture been enhanced somehow? No, my eyes witnessed it’s birth and development, it’s growth from bud to blossom.
We witness many incredible moments in the passage of time, committing them to memory. This is but one of many I personally enjoyed.
My personal definition would have to include conviction, determination,self-confidence, a positive attitude and self-belief. Those characteristics would make you unstoppable on a personal level – on any level.
Have you ever watched a train forge ahead, plowing through mounds of snow? It is unstoppable. Or perhaps a child’s determination as they attempt to perfect that as yet unreachable cartwheel or handstand? What about men and women who take on the unimaginable such as fire fighters or police and hundreds of other professionals like doctors and nurses? Then there’s us, the individuals, overcoming insurmountable odds whether its mental physical or emotion and who rise to new heights.
Sometimes events for whatever reason take on a life of their own and gather momentum until they become unstoppable.
We are and can be unstoppable. The only one standing in our way, is us.