I came across this video on YouTube over the weekend and watching it was quite humbling.
We live in the age of sharing every bit of our lives on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. As a result, we barely know what it means to live in the moment. At times where we should just be taking in the beauty of the present, we’re snapping photos in order to show off or brag to our followers.
I shamefully admit that I’m guilty of this. I believed that I was using my beloved iPhone to stay connected, when in reality I was disconnecting myself from the world around me. Sometimes I’ll go for a ride in the car with my dad, while checking out so-and-so’s tweets or so-and-so’s status, and he’ll interrupt and say, “Gee, what a nice conversation we’re having.” I would apologize and put my phone down for a minute or two, but I never really got it. Of course, until now.
If you’re a recovering introvert like myself, you may even use your phone as a way to avoid situations such as meeting new people. It can seem so much easier to indulge in Candy Crush or Angry Birds than to step out of your comfort zone.
This week, I challenge you to put the phone down. Try it for an hour, half of the day, or even the whole day. Last night I turned my phone on silent (not vibrate) and truly enjoyed dinner with my family. I also ignored my phone as I held my 5-month-old nephew and marveled at how beautiful his brown eyes are.
Life is much more amazing when you live for the moment, and not for the Facebook likes or Twitter retweets.
Love, Peace and Afro Grease,