Monday, November 16, 2009

2-One Hand on the Trigger of the Telephone

Fast-Paced Life, originally uploaded by monica jennison.
As a society, we are all too a bit obsessed with technology. Americans, especially are all too caught up in the "give it to me now", instant-fix kind of lifestyle. Most people don't worry about what they're putting in their bodies, they would rather spend big on the latest, greatest cell phone, or iPod, or car, then really stop to take the time and think that McDonald's may not be the best choice as far as their health goes.

How many of you (or friends of yours) freak out when they lose their cell phone, or leave it at home, or the battery dies? I know I am guilty of overreacting when one of those things occurs. But is it really necessary? No! Of course not. People survived running out of gas or going to the grocery store alone long before cell phones.

Now it would be really easy to sit down and throw your hands up and say, "I can't do anything, I'm a product of my environment. It's just the way I was raised!", but that's just laziness. You know better, you're just too lazy to get up and do anything about it. If you take the time to really think about what you NEED out of life and what you THINK you need (but really is just a desire), you may start looking at things a little bit differently.

Try spending just one day limiting your cell phone, television, or internet use. Instead, go to a park, read a book, go for a walk, anything. Go outside and get away from technology. Get in touch with nature and YOURSELF. Go meet a friend and have a face-to-face conversation, instead of an exchange of abbreviations via text. You might be surprised to discover that you don't really miss the things you're stepping away from, that you don't really need them as much as you think you do.


  1. you're completely correct!
    i definitely get worried when my cell phone battery gets even below halfway. i did lose it a couple of months ago, for about a week, and it was a pretty liberating experience. it felt good not to feel obligated to phone calls or text messages... haha, yes, obligated. that week, though, helped me stray away from my attachment (a little..).

  2. exactly, and that's something some people never experience. there's this sense of URGENCY when someone calls or texts your cell phone, because it's assumed you have it on your person all the time, but WHY?! i'm not OBLIGATED (like you said) to reply or respond. silliness...glad to hear it though :]


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