“Best decision I made was getting rid of my “smartphone and upgrading to a wise phone.” - Anna in an email to me. You know what a smartphone is. You know what a dumb phone is. But what is a wise phone? Introducing the Wise Phone A wise phone is not a brand of phone or a style of phone. It is lifestyle phone. A wise phone makes calls. A wise phone uses sms text messages.
I never think about my phone. I think of all the time and energy that I have given my iphone for the last 12 years. All of the energy of trying to “manage” screen time. Too much light in my eyes before bed etc etc. My Sunbeam flip charges in a little stand on my desk. With a glance across the room, I can see if I have a missed call - blue icon or a txt message - green icon.
I had been using the system for a year prior and was excited to see what he made. It fired me up to double down into the bullet journal system. I used it for full capture. Of course I did migrate some things into digital but this book was with me at all times. I stray from the system from time to time - thinking I can do it better. But I feel uneasy when I do not have my journal with me.
He has a problem with alcohol. He cannot handle his booze like us normies. Would anyone use the logic above when talking about someone using heroine? Alcohol has won the battle. Alcohol is ethanol. It is a poison and our bodies treat it as such. It is addictive and big alcohol spends a good deal of money to keep us using it. I say alcohol has won the battle because when someone wants to stop drinking - they are said to have a have a drinking problem.
In 1993 I saw the movie, Shawdowlands. Shadowlands is a 1993 British biographical drama film about the relationship between academic C. S. Lewis (played by Anthony Hopkins) and Jewish American poet Joy Davidman (played by Debra Winger), her death from cancer, and how this challenged Lewis’s Christianity. The movie is about making meaning out of suffering. Is life Happiness and Joy or Pain and Suffering. It is worth the time investment.
The best advice I heard and verified in my own life is the following for quitting something. Keep quitting until you have quit. Step 1: Decide that you are going to make a change. You know without a shred of doubt that it is bad for you. Step 2: Never doubt the decision. Step 3: (if needed) If you fail, repeat steps 1 and 2. How To Track Your Way to Success!
Last night was my wifes birthday. We had a lovely time. In my exploration of phone/no phone/flip phone/apple watch - BS that I have been wasting too much time thinking about - I went out with out any device. I had a lovely time. The person I care the the most about in the world was with me. I was with her. If someone else needed my attention they would have to wait until tomorrow.
Today I had a Zoom call with a performing artist L. Warner and preforms under the name Cerulean. He lives and creates in London. I found him on my blogging platform micro.blog. First, can we just agree that people can be amazing and with technology - which I am about to rip on a little - we can click a few things and spend 30 min together having a nice conversation and learn from each other.
As I have thought more and more about not using a smart phone, I have gone through the various things I use a smartphone for and thought about how I would adapt. Music, Photos, Podcasts I can find workarounds for. imessage is one I cannot. Messages has become how people have conversations. How my wife tells me she is done in the store while I sit in my truck waiting for her.