Wednesday 29 April 2020

Ramadan 2020/1441: Ramadan Gratitude Journal Day 6

What technology are you grateful for?
This question seems more pertinent than ever right now as we are all in lock down with only our tech as a window onto the world.

Previously my answer would have been my laptop, the ability to connect to the world from my home, learn about anything I want to and to share my take on the world. I have always believed it is a privilege to share my life as a Muslim woman and mother and have a voice in the public domain.

In more recent times I would say my phone. There is something of a poison chalice with our phones: too much screen time, time wasting on distractions, trolls and unrealistic comparison on social media and being distracted from real life  But in recent times, my phone has been a lifeline from calling family members to check up, checking work e-mails, the children’s schools sending them homework, Zoom and Facetime calls with family and neighbourhood WhatsApp groups to build community during the coronavirus crisis.

I still have to be careful not to spend too much time or waste a lot of time on my phone, but it’s uses are many right now.

What technology are you grateful for?

You can find the original Ramadan Gratitude journal challenge here and my take on it here.

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