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Why We Gave Up Our Cell Phones

We’re giving up our cell phones, at least until the end of summer. No, it’s not because we have decided to become hermits since we live here in the mountains of Colorado. Quite the opposite, actually.

We desire to become more human, more communication oriented. (Please know that by writing this, I am not in any way implying that everyone should make the same choices that we have made. I am simply sharing from my perspecitive.) So from my perspective, here is how I would become more human and more of a communicator: if I dropped text messaging out of my life. I am someone who thrives on eye contact, voice tone, facial expression, and body language in my personal communication. I don’t think I am alone in this, but the need for this would vary from person to person. From these expressions in others, I can glean from the person I am relating to several things: How interested is this person in what I am sharing? Does he or she have something on their own heart they would like to share if I asked more questions? Is there any way I can encourage this person by adding more to the conversation (or could I encourage them most by being quiet?!)

So more “human” communication is a goal. Another goal that Mike and I have is to guard ourselves from manipulation. I don’t think it is any secret that when we look at our phones several times a day (by the way, the average amount of times to look at one’s phone per day is a whopping 96 times according to some statistics), we are having our minds saturated with the thoughts of others, and worse, with downright manipulation to get us to crave certain things, believe certain things, live in a certain way. I don’t need to tell you about this. You know.

Then there is the privacy issue. What privacy? It is a thing of the past. Every thing we buy, shop for, write, look up, is being carefully scrutinized in order to further manipulate us to buy, or worse yet, in order to gather data about us for more sinister reasons. That won’t be alliviated by getting rid of our phones, and I won’t get into details, but the phone has become a kind of scary thing the way it can be used to track our every move.

One of my favorite places to be is near or in streams of water! Both literally and figuratively.

And here is, for me, the most important reason of all to be rid of my phone. I have recently been meditating on Psalm one. There is a line in there that jumped out at me. Speaking about the person who is, like a tree, firmly planted by streams of water, getting soul nourishment and refreshment, it says that this person “meditates on God’s Word day and night.” Well, that is a goal that I personally am far from achieving, but getting rid of my phone will help me achieve something that is a lost art and that many would be afraid to venture into: quite, alone time. When we refresh our souls by the “streams of water” of God’s presence, we most definitely have more to give to others when we do find occasion to interact with them.

I wish you well and may your life be full of human interaction, connection with your family, time to think and meditate on God, some quietness that results in creativity of thought and action and of using your gifts to the fullest! For each of us, those goals will be achieved in different ways. Some of us have more addictive personalities than others, and so for each of us, the good parts of life that God has offered us will involve different ways of getting there. But our common quest is the same: making the most of each precious day. May we each choose well.

A quote from one of my favorite books, Simply Tuesday:

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