This is taken from Week 50 of the “52 Weeks: 52 Ways to Love Your (Wild) Self” e-guide.
“True confessions: It makes me crazy when people I’m with interrupt our conversation to engage with their cell phones. One of the reasons that I don’t have a smart phone is because I think it might turn me into someone who does that. Honestly, I don’t want to be that plugged in. I don’t want to make anyone else feel the way I’ve felt sitting across from someone in the wake of their decision that whatever is happening on their phone is more important than… well… me.
“Because, don’t kid yourself. That’s the decision you’ve made when you answer your phone, or text, or check your email-Twitter-Facebook-stock-stats while someone sits across from you, waiting for you to get back to them.
“This week, if it’s not an emergency, don’t do it. Pay attention to the people in your real, physical world. Watch. Listen. Choose, consciously, to love the one you’re with. They’ve showed up, after all. The least you can do is show up too.”
I’m sharing what I wrote in the guide for two reasons.
The first is that I feel very strongly about this, but I also feel a little hedge-y about it because I don’t own a smart phone, and the reason I don’t is because I fear my own behavior if I did. I realize that makes my higher moral ground not so very solid. That said, I know most of you do own smart phones. You’ve been on both ends of the social equation I’m describing. So, weigh in. I’d love to hear what you think on this topic.
Note: The 52 Weeks: 52 Ways to Love Your (Wild) Self e-book guides you through a year spent (re)discovering (and falling in love with) your most playful, imaginative, adventurous, thoughtful self. Every week has an
assignment adventure aimed at getting you in touch with YOU – your true desires, beliefs, and values.
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