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Unleash Yourself this Week at Events

By: Maria King
Date: April 20, 2014
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I remember back when I was a kid and you used the phone you were on a leash, sort of. And it seemed that whatever you needed to reach while on that leash was always just a foot away from the fully extended length of the cord. Then came cellular phones and you were free to converse at remote locations and even on the move. Life was somehow liberating! But now I am concerned. In the process of making people have everything in the world at the touch of a button, their whole world IS the touch of a button. All the liberating from that leash that cellular phones gave us, smart phones have chained us back to it all over again.

You think I am mistaken, right? Well let’s try to answer a few questions. Last time you were out with friends, were you texting other friends? And at the last family gathering you attended, was there a group of mesmerized relatives in a separate room playing Candy Crush, using Facebook or someway engaged in a phone application of some sort? Do you find your self calling or texting someone over something foolish just because you have an unlimited text and talk plan from your provider? When someone says what are life’s necessities do you now answer, “food, clothing, shelter and WiFi? I thought so.

Ok, experiment time. Grab the kids, the neighbors, your friends, Old Uncle Bert and your significant other (s) and head on out to an event. Now before you leave the car (hang on here I know this is revolutionary and radical thinking taking place) agree on a meeting place within the event should you get separated, should you choose to separate and need to meet up again or in case someone gets lost. Then and I know this is really wild, agree on a time to meet back at the car if you are going your separate ways during the event. No one takes a phone on the grounds of the event. No one can contact anyone by phone during the event. I know, I must be out of my mind. Think of this event that you are attending as a historical event or maybe even a re-enactment of life from days gone by in the olden era of the 1990’s. I know right, I must be out of my mind to suggest such a thing. I can hear the screaming, crying and gnashing of teeth as I type this out. But before you dismiss it, or worse, before you let your kids dismiss it, give it a try.

We are losing our ability to participate in our own lives. Events give us the chance to get out among our fellow men, and women, and have some fun based on where we are and who we are with. Not based on force fed content that we think we cannot live without. We have to get back to the fine enjoyment of seeing what it taking place beyond the screen of our cel phones. So go crazy this week and let’s “party like it’s 1999!”

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