I’ve written here about mindfulness a bunch of times, but have I written about literally doing nothing? On Friday, I went to Target to sell back my iPhone 4 for the new iPhone 5 that I’d pre-ordered (yes really, and I got $158 for it, so the new phone was only $50!), and since there was a great deal of server traffic since tons of people were also doing the same thing (the guy kept getting timed out or bumped out of the AT&T system), there were literally three whole hours between the time I wiped my old phone and handed it over and the time I had the new one in my little hands.
I didn’t realize I’d formed this habit, but apparently when a little time frees up, I reach into my pocket to check my phone. Just sitting there with no way to call someone (without borrowing a phone), no way to receive calls, no Google at my fingertips, no e-mail, no blog access, no games, no Flipboard to read other blogs… well, I just didn’t know what to do with myself! It could have been the ’80s! (Seriously, what did we do back then?)
I am so NOT the person who gets the latest gadget first. I mean, this happened everywhere, but at my Target there were 15 pre-orders and mine was the only one that happened to come in. The others have to wait 2-3 weeks! The irony was not lost on me. I wanted the new camera capabilities and the speed of the LTE processor (and yes, it’s awesome), but I could have waited. So I’m guessing maybe I was in this situation to teach me the importance of slowing the heck down!
I was internally laughing at my inability to just sit. To just be. Instead, I was thinking of how much I could be getting done instead of sitting there, wondering if someone was trying to reach me but couldn’t, and mulling over whether it’s good or not-so-good to be this dependent on a little device. (I think I would take it to a desert island and be content for quite a while… as long as I could somehow charge the thing.)
So tell me… are you this dependent on your phone or is it just me? Yeah, that’s a trick question because I’m pretty sure you are, but share anyway.