Cell Phone Addicts
I had gone to the inauguration of someone who was elected Mayor of Oakland California about 6 years ago. Even though I did vote for the person, I really wasn't a fan of this person. Oh he did a number of wonderful things when he served in the US Congress, but for some reason I just didn't like him.
As I sat and waited for things to begin, I saw people wearing bluetooth pieces in an ear, and suddenly I began to wonder who these people were. Yes having a cell phone is nice, but I was wondering how important these people with the bluetooths must think that they are? Were their calls so important that they couldn't shut off the phone for this event?
As time went on over the years, and seeing more and more people wearing bluetooths, I began to wonder if wearing one causes people to call you more often? I mean hardly anyone ever called me, and when I called people they would be upset that I hadn't called in a while. When I would say something about the fact that they could of called me, they always had (and still do) have worthless excuses as to why I should be calling them instead of them calling me. Are these people really that important? Anyway, back to where I was actually headed.
I went and bought me a bluetooth for the phone that I had at the time. I noticed something. The number of calls that I got didn't increase. I wore the thing religiously like I saw others doing for a few months, but the number of called that I got didn't increase. The hook that I had to help keep it in my ear broke, and I simply stopped using it. In fact I had even forgotten where I had put it for a while until I happen to discover it while doing something.
I started paying attention to the conversations that we going on with people who have cell phones, then I realized something as I would “ear hustle” from time to time. I don't think that I heard anything that was so important that it couldn't wait until people were face-to-face. In fact, I would hear people talk about stuff that they really shouldn't of been talking about in public. I have heard all kinds of secrets being talked about, where the people would say,”Don't tell anybody about this”, and the person is saying this on a crowded bus. For all that one knows, a friend of that person or the person themselves could be not far away hearing what you are saying.
Now I am not saying that the world should get rid of cellphones, in fact I find it interesting that because of them we are seeing less and less pay phones (when was the last time that you saw and actual phone booth, you know the kind that had the doors?) My thought is that we have become to reliant one them. How many conversations do you have on them when in reality you could of waited to see the person and had a “face to face”?
As I think about this, I think of the problems that the USPS is having money wise. We have become so reliant on calling someone on our cellphones, or even emailing them, that I think that it is part of the reason that the USPS is having money trouble. When was the last time that you sat down and wrote a letter to someone or even received a letter from someone? I know, I know, it is so much easier now, but wouldn't it put a smile on someone's face if you wrote them a letter? Now because we are in a world where we no longer remember such things are people's telephone numbers and addresses, I say that you write yourself a letter and give it to a friend, and to tell them to hold on to it for a while them mail it. In that letter give yourself positive reinforcements. Have your friend address the envelope to you so that you may not realize who it is coming from. I bet you will feel great once you read that letter from yourself.
Anyhow, really think about how important that cellphone call is that you are about to make when you are out somewhere. Maybe spend that time looking at the beauty that this universe has to offer, as I am sure that you will see things that you have never seen before that you had passed many a time.