On a trip to Kauai a couple years back Greg and I went on a Catamaran Excursion. We love to to that; just to get out on the vast open sea looking for dolphin, flying fish, turtles, and perhaps even a whale or two!! On this particular trip we were most struck by something else we saw~~ a couple who were aboard spent the entire trip using their cell phones at opposite ends of the boat!! They didn’t really interact much, appreciate the view, or enjoy the romance of it all. Nope~ on their phones the entire time!!
Recently, at one of my favorite restaurants I looked across the crowded room only to observe a family of 5 having dinner together. Well, actually they were eating in each others presence, but they were all on their “smart phones” sending texts or playing games! So much for their family dinner!
Driving home from work I always pass a great little park filled with kids; there’s a climbing wall, fun slide, and lots of room to run. Along the outside of the park there are places for parents to sit to watch there kids playing. This particular day I observed that 4 out of the 5 moms had their eyes firmly fixed on the screen of their “smart phones” missing out on the fun and giggles coming from their young children!
Yesterday, a gal driving a small car right behind me on the overpass continually came up too close behind my car as I headed home. Looking in my rear view mirror I could see that she was looking down at her lap sending and reading texts the entire time, rarely looking up to see what was ahead. Had I needed to stop quickly we would have been in a frightful situation!
So, I think it’s time for everyone to start to take some “Screen Free” time!! Catch your breath, disconnect from social media and your phone for a little while. Remember back in the “old days” when we would come home and get our phone messages? Back when we weren’t so readily accessible?
Read, connect with a friend face to face, play with your kids, go for a walk~~ so many wonderful things to enjoy! Give yourself permission to regularly disconnect from your screen, any screen, and fully engage in your life in fresh ways! It’s the weekend, try it today! 🙂