Thursday, September 25, 2008

No Cell Phone

When I dropped the FedEx box in the mail box yesterday, sending my iPhone off to get repaired, I did not realize what that would do. No cell phone is connected to me right now. That is new. I have had a cell phone close to me since 1992, sixteen years. Oh, I've traveled to other countries for times without a cell phone, but never while working. I've always been reach-able and always able to reach out, until now.
You notice addictions when you take them away. This is strange space to not have a cell phone going. It's almost like a fast. What would happen if church leaders gave up cell phone use for Lent? Could you go 40 days without using a cell phone? It's a lot quieter in my office today.


At 6:27 PM , Blogger preacherman said...

Thanks for sharing this post with us.
I enjoyed reading your blog.
Keep up the great work!
Hope you have a blessed weekend.

At 6:53 AM , Blogger Katie said...

Wow, that is a good question. I know that I use my cell phone a lot. (Granted we do not have a house phone though.) Could I go the 40 days during Lent without my cell phone, unless in time of emergency? I will try to remember that for next year and give it a try.

At 10:36 PM , Blogger John Rodkey said...

I find that the addiction I struggle with most is email. I have processed a huge amount over the last two decades... I added it up about a year ago, and it averaged 250 emails a day, day in, day out.
That's almost a million mails per decade. Or looking at it another way, one every 6 seconds.
You let it go for a day, and it takes an hour to catch up. A week, and a day is spent dealing with what is now old news.

So it comes vacation time: do the emailers know or care that I'm off work? Not a bit of it. It becomes easier to never really get away from the email - easier to maintain a habit of reading email whenever there's nothing else to do. Is this good for a spiritually reflective life? Not at all. But like Charlie Chaplin in 'Modern Life', you can't get behind twisting the bolts on the widget, or the widgets will bury you.



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