I just came across this brilliant, short film, I Forgot My Phone, via NPR (article link at bottom of post) re: our (unhealthy) obsession with our smartphones. Check it out and tell me if you see any familiar scenarios.
In our tech-obsessed world, I found this short by Charlene deGuzman to be a much needed wake up call. It made me stop and remember times with friends and family – pre-cell phone fixation. Real-life experiences: bike rides, outdoor adventures and super soaker battles with childhood friends…and when I was a bit older, trips trekking around Europe (ahem…before I made it mandatory to get a SIM card in every country just to stay connected – and always available to the higher ups. Ugh.) Remembering how freeing it was to unplug a few years back on an incredible 6 week sabbatical to New Zealand. I was present and focused solely on physically experiencing the dynamic environment around me and those who I was with. I came back fresh, rejuvenated and so full of fire.
I recently read one of the key practices President Bill Clinton attributes to his success is being completely present – giving full attention and empathy to who he’s speaking with. In an age of such incredible technology to help us live our lives more efficiently (which, don’t get me wrong, I love), we need to learn when to put down the device and give attention to the here and now. Make an effort (every day) to disconnect so we can reconnect.
A few simple recs I’ve been practicing as of late:
#1 Make your bedroom a no phone zone by buying an alarm clock (yes, they still sell those).
#2 Put your phone away when you’re out with friends. There’s something to be said about giving full attention to who you’re with. Why should we be so concerned with what everyone is doing elsewhere? Be present. Focus and appreciate what’s right in front of you.