Today I went shopping with a wife of one of my husbands colleagues. My husband hired a sitter for a couple of hours so I could take a break from having a one year old and two newborns. In fact, in the excitement of anticipating the twins, and the holidays, we did forget about dear sweet Matthew's birthday. We did promptly make a cake and have a small celebration once we realized our mistake. Next year will be easier we pray.
Anyway, this woman who we will call Amanda for the sake of keeping things simple, was the one who drove. When we pulled up to a stoplight, she pulled out her phone. When we stopped in the drive through, out came the phone. In line at the store? The phone came out.
At one point we stopped by her house to drop off some things and left again. On the way to our next destination, the tire blew! I whipped out my cell phone and called for help. Meanwhile, Amanda was digging through her purse. "I left my phone at home!" she exclaimed. "Can I use yours to check my Facebook?" I told her my phone was but a simple flip phone with no internet access. Well, you can access the internet, but it is very hard to bring up anything beyond a simple search when you are in trouble. She looked at me like I was crazy. "How do you live without a smart phone!?" she asked. I told her that I never needed one, so I never had one. I use my cell phone for emergencies and to stay in contact with some of my family. That is about all. "Well, what do you DO to pass the time?"
I play with my children.
I go for walks.
I pay attention to the people and the world around me.
I read everything in sight. Coke cans, boxes, signs, etc.
I daydream a bit.
I visit with people and make pleasant conversation.
She sat in silence after that. It had me thinking though... our society is in such dire straights when it comes to phones. If we don't have one, we freak out! We can't go five minutes without finding out who texted us which results in many crashes daily, killing others. We can't sit at a stoplight without checking facebook. We can't eat simple meals with our family without fearing of missing something. We need to take the time to be human again. We need to connect with others. We need to quit relying on our phones for everything. We need to stop the deaths due to texting. Whatever is on there when you are driving will be there when you get done driving. It shouldn't be so hard to go an hour without checking your phone.
I felt God was laying this heavy burden on my heart. I felt the need to blog about it today. I dearly hope you all will take it into consideration, put the phone down for five minutes, save a life, or connect with another human being.