Monday, June 25, 2012
For the past few days, we have been without phone service. It is amazing to hear an empty silence, which replaced a constant ringing phone. Life seems more gentle without all the interruptions. Things are more slow - paced.
If people need to reach us, they wait until we see them (on an outing) the following day. Supposed "urgent" conversations are no longer necessary.
The calls I need to make have become almost non-existent. What used to be important to me, no longer feels essential.
I realize a phone has become almost required for everyone. We certainly need them for emergencies. But I wonder if phone use (and it's expense) has gotten out of hand.
Today, most people have cell phones. They are texting and calling each other several times a day. We all have far too much instant access to each other. It makes it difficult to have quiet moments for creativity, family interaction in the home, and productivity. (The expense alone, of cell phones, is staggering!)
It used to be that no one ever called during the dinner hour. That was family time. Calls were made earlier in the day, or later in the evening. It was like a social respect of someone else's time, and privacy. Sadly, this custom is no longer relevant in modern life.
I wonder if phones have taken over our lives? I realize we can use voice mail and answering machines to take messages, and we can return calls at a regular time each day. But most of us don't do that. We feel that, since the phone rang, we must answer it. We are programed to answer it! If we don't, our imagination goes wild with worry about the missed call.
But what we don't realize is that this cultural pressure to use the phone all the time, is taking away massive amounts of our life and money.
Will I get my phone back? Of course. But I am thinking of ways to keep it more simple. There has to be a way to make the phone a tool, rather than a master. Why does the telephone have such a stronghold on society?
Could this be why parlours are generally empty and vacant of hospitality? Because we are too busy tied to the phone, or other types of technology?
What about the money we are paying for this convenience. Could, at least, some of it be better used for charity or the basic needs of those in our own homes?
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