yesterday i ran to panera for lunch to grab my favorite strawberry poppyseed chicken salad. as soon as i got on the road i realized i had left my phone on my desk. gasp! but then...
sad, isn't it. i felt a little lost and nervous at first without my phone. even if it was only for a quick 20 minute jaunt away from the office. but what if there was an emergency? what would i do while i waited for my order? could i live without my phone for 20 minutes.
crazy! thankfully those wacky thoughts only lasted a few minutes. and then i felt relieved. and excited. no temptation to check my email or facebook feed. no way to take a quick picture of my panera bag to instagram to everyone. i could only enjoy the moment that i was in. and focus on what was around me. or think my own thoughts. i even had to listen to the radio, ads and all.
i loved it.
and i realized i need to do that more often.
so last night i took the girls for a walk to a local ice cream place. it's a half hour each way. i had my phone with me for safety reasons, but it was at the bottom of my purse. i didn't check it at all during the entire hour and a half we were out. and i resisted the temptation to get on facebook to thank someone who had stopped to let us cross a busy road.
being in the moment with my daughters who are growing up oh so fast was so much better than taking pictures of us to share with the whole world right away. being able to talk to them without worrying about things happening at work was refreshing. showing them that mommy could step away from the phone was priceless.
and it will happen more often.
i realize i have done what i said i'd never do. i've become addicted to a phone. that stops now. no checking it at every stoplight on my way to and from work. no using it when i'm with the kids. no checking email while i'm making dinner.
i think getting stepping away from the phone is going to be life changing!