We’re a week into 2018 and so far I have to say it’s not exactly what I had imagined the future to look like. There’s no flying cars, we don’t have any robot servants, and we still can’t time travel!
Anybody else out there want a refund?! Ok, Ok, I’m kidding!
Seriously though, 50 years ago we thought things would look a little bit different. Am I right?
What we never would have imagined is that instead of having robot “slaves” that we would actually ourselves be enslaved to tiny robots! (You’ve probably figured out where I’m going with this by now haven’t you?)
It’s the one thing we all despise so much, yet we can’t bare to be without it! It’s become our life!
These tiny hand held cellular devices that we carry around in the palm of our hand and can’t seem to let go of.
Have a question? No problem! Just ask Google, Alexa, Bixby, or Siri! They know it all, and just like that information is at our finger tips!
Lost or need directions? No problem! Just pull out your phone and open up your map! It’s so great that it will even tell you where you are at, and help guide you home! (Seriously, this may be a phone bashing post, but I have no idea what I would do without google maps! Ok…. moving on!)
Looking for what to cook for dinner tonight? Easy! Just pick up your phone and look for recipes!
Bored? Your phone’s got ya covered! Play a game, read a book, or stalk your “friends” you haven’t seen since grade school on social media!
Want to be famous? Pick that sucker up and start recording yourself playing with toys, video games, giving your opinion, or doing ANYTHING else, and become a YouTube star!
The entire world at you finger tips all day, everyday!
Except….. is it?
Ever look around in the waiting room to see what other people are doing? Have you watched families out to dinner recently? How many accidents are caused form people texting and driving? Ever heard your kid begging for your attention while you shush them to just finish one last text or email?
I bet you’ve already noticed. And it’s probably safe to bet you’re guilty of at least one of those. I know I certainly am.
The sad thing is that the technology that our phones produce is outstanding! Out of this world! Amazing! But you know the saying….”Too much of a good thing, can be a bad thing!”
Having your phone in the car if you have an accident or are stranded on the side of the road is comforting. Being able to keep in touch with loved ones and post pictures of kids for the grandparents is heartwarming. Having the ability to text a friend really quickly that you are thinking about them, is encouraging!
But being enslaved and glued to your phone so much that you miss what’s right in front of you is….sadly becoming more predominant.
Not teaching our children how to put the device down, make eye contact with adults and peers, and engage in conversation is sadly becoming a dying “art.”
Having so much content at our finger tips is creating an impatient and entitled generation. Why wait, when I can have it right now!
Now I am in no way saying get rid of your phone, but what I am hoping you’ll realize is that life is passing us all by. So enjoy those precious moments. Be present. You can never get them back!
This year my New Year’s resolution is to be better at managing my time. And part of that is to actually schedule in a set “Family time” everyday.
That means NO PHONE! It means coming home and putting my phone on the charger in my room. It means, not responding to the “dings” and the notifications until after my girls are asleep. (and after I get my hustle on! Hey, priorities!)
I don’t want to miss a thing that is happening right in front of me. I want to be present! Wholly and fully present. I want to laugh with my kids, cook together, and talk to each other about our day without any distractions.
This month at the encouragement of countless others doing the same, I’ve decided to take it one step further. Just as I like to do a cleanse for my body of all the terrible junk I indulged in over the holidays, I’ve decided to give myself a cleanse from my social media accounts to reset, and refocus my mind from the the habit of “the scroll.” And not just this month, I hope to incorporate this into a regular habit of cleansing.
Tell me what your relationship is with your phone? Do you struggle to be present? Or have you already mastered putting that bad boy by your bed every night when you get home?
Here’s to the future! May 2018 be blessed and beautiful!
It’s not what the world holds for you. It’s what you bring to it. – Anne Shirley