The very thing that helps my business to grow can single handedly destroy my personal relationships and reduce my real life to an isolated existence. Yup, I’m talking about technology.
Smart phones, social media, texting, Instagram, selfies. The list is endless.
While I LOVE what social media has done for my business, I HATE what it is doing to our personal lives. In short … I’m over it!
I’m over watching people bump into things as they walk because they are looking at their phone. I’ve had it with going to dinner with friends and sitting there while they check their phones for a better conversation. I’m over not living in the moment with the people who happen to be in the same room. Clearly, the very thing that connects us to everything is isolating us from everyone else. Who is the master and who is the slave?
On a recent trip to Denver I planned a well-earned visit with my sister from another mother. Some down time to enjoy the city I left a few years ago and some of the dearest friends I left behind.
As we drove to Susan’s house my face was in my phone, trying to catch up on things I had missed. What I was missing was the beauty that Denver had always given me.
That’s when it hit me … I was a technology addict.
Here I was checking my email, social media sites, responding to people I don’t actually know regarding things that don’t actually involve me like it was my job. What I should have been doing was enjoying the blue skies, puffy clouds, the snow covered Rocky Mountains and the expansive greenery. Dear God Almighty. I felt like an idiot. A disappointment. I felt like somewhere along the way I lost the common sense I was born with.
And so I just stopped. During my visit I didn’t once check my phone, log on to my Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn accounts or text anyone. I didn’t take one single picture to post. I checked out … so that I could check in.
And it was glorious.
We spent long hours on the couch drinking coffee, eating cinnamon toast sharing conversation, memories, and laughs. We went antique shopping, had dinners, drinks and lunches with friends, and enjoyed late night chats. We talked about real life, our families, our fears, hopes and dreams. And we cuddled her little dog as we watched the deer pass by her window.
When she dropped me off at the airport, my instinct was to check my phone. I didn’t. I smiled, bought a magazine, a bag of Doritos and sat myself down and had a conversation with the people that surrounded me. Beyond awesome.
I have been ridiculous. Life is for the living, not the texting and posting of it. And so, with that in mind, I’m sharing this super powerful video with you. It says it better than I ever could.
I think you will love it. Let me know your two cents, won’t you?