Thinking about back to back posts that caught my eye on Facebook. There was a brief video of Mr. Rogers addressing an adult audience. He was suggesting that if you find yourself waiting for something, you should take the opportunity to just breathe. To think about something, or better yet, to just focus on breathing in and out. Sort of a mini-meditation.
That post was immediately followed by an ad for a thingCharger. This is a product that allows you to charge multiple devices at the same time without lots of cords cluttering up your surface space. Opposite messages to be sure.
Made me think about our device driven world. It’s rare to see someone just standing in line. Most people see it as an opportunity to whip out their phones to check email or scan Facebook. I’m a prime offender.
My phone is generally tucked in my pocket. Earbuds connect me to audio books and podcasts as I work around the house or cook or walk on the treadmill. More often than not, I’ll be wearing earbuds and listening to something as I walk Daisy around the neighborhood. I check email multiple times a day, and have a series of sites that I check daily on my iPad or phone or computer. Whatever is handy.
Mr. Rogers is right. It’s important to pause and just breathe. I’m not ready to go cold turkey on this. Moderation is always best in my book. But I am thinking about how tied I am to my electronic devices. First step will be to leave the earbuds home on my next neighborhood walk with Miss Daisy.