What does being present mean to you?
For me, it’s become a lifestyle I choose to pursue, not often well, but intentionally.
My reason for investing in an uncertain Indiegogo campaign was not for the awesome specs on a new technology, or because I am an early adopter-type. It was for a day that snow fell on campus and I sat and wrote about love and being, watching flakes fall from the heavens and spill upon the ground transforming into a blanket of white. It was for the opportunity to gaze unhindered into another’s eyes and carry a conversation with them about small things that matter.
It was for these and moments similar that I decided to invest $350 to part with my iPhone and choose something different.
* Have you ever tried to listen to one or two conversations in a cafeteria while also engaging who or what is in front of you? You will most assuredly begin to lose track of what response is pertinent to what conversation.
* I feel like as a culture we have done a good job of recognizing multitasking as a myth, but for those who are still confident in their spilt-focus ways, read here about the truth that’s been found.
We do the same thing when we’re in conversation and our phones ‘ping’ with a notification for text, email or social media- we’re pulled into that world and out of the real world. Momentarily, we just glance, but ultimately, we begin a thread of new interactions with whatever is within our screen, diverting attention from the person with which we sought connection.
I was an addict. An addict to my phone’s calendar and email. Planning every half-hour of my day led me to a place of, what I call, “not-presence”. I had “not-presence” in conversations with people I cared about because of how “future-minded” I had become, simply looking ahead at the next thing on my plate that day.
Maybe this reliance on technology is similar to your own, or you have a different preferred daily gadget on your device, but we must be aware of the thin line between tool and crutch that we all walk with technology.
It is important to say now that I am not advocating for societal adoption of “simple technology” or a renaissance of “dumb-phones” by all. My drive, always, is to simply present another way. A different path is out there. I do not believe the LightPhoneII is functional for every career, person or lifestyle as a primary phone.
That being said, I now operate in a world where I thrive with the freedom from connectivity and am able to intentionally connect in a way that is most me-like, free of the frills and dressings that my previous modus operandi provided.
The LightPhoneII has its ups and downs as an entry to a new tech sphere that is growing larger, but the vision of the product is achieved in its ability to be used as little as possible for the life I lead.
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