I was sitting at the table this past Saturday eating breakfast, the house was quiet, no radio, no television or cell phone which is usually the routine. As I began to put a spoonful of my cereal in my mouth, I realized that was the first time I'd sat down to eat without any distractions in quite some time. I became aware of how flavorful the cereal was, or maybe it's always been but I was too distracted and busy to notice. I'd made myself a promise that I would not conform to the traps of this little device called the "smart phone".
Yes it's smart alright, so smart that even when you set the intention not to succumb to all of it's conveniences, you find yourself sliding right into its home base. But Mtruth be told, it's not the smart phone that's the problem, it's the habitual thoughts of the mind. Throughout the day, it's a constant reminder to pick it up to check your Facebook status, check email, watch a video, check your calendar, set reminders and the list goes on and on. No wonder it becomes habitual, it's convenient and small enough to carry in your hand and has everything you need to run a multi-million dollar business.
I must admit that I'm truly grateful for it's invention, because it's made my life so much easier. But as I look around and see millions of people trapped and enslaved to the addiction of the smart phone, I realize that it was created by design. It was created and designed to keep you under control and on a treadmill with the busyness of life. Most of all it was designed as a replacement of your brain, to think for you and eliminate the need to hear the voice of others an most of all the personal connections.
There was a time when you could sit next to a person and have a conversation without the distractions of a cell phone. There was a time when you congregate and network without the distractions of a cell phone. But yet the very reason you attend a networking gathering is to network and meet new people but if you look around the room, you'll see almost every person in attendance on their phones. Our attention spans have become so short, most can't even pay attention. It seems as though mindfulness has become obsolete and smart phones are running our lives.
Here are a few empowering questions to ask yourself: