Oct. 26, 2021

don't let your phone dictate your happiness.

don't let your phone dictate your happiness.

Yesterday, my morning was off to a great start.

Per usual, I stuck to my morning routine. A cup of coffee immediately upon waking up, followed by an hour of writing.

Then, I biked to a gym two miles away.

After completing a quick (but very sweaty) 30 minute boxing workout, I biked back home to finish up some stretching, devour a protein shake, take a shower and get ready for the work day.

During this whole process, my phone remained in my backpack on Do Not Disturb mode. It was the morning, I told myself, and no one had the right to bother me.

But when I returned home, I thought about checking my phone. Maybe someone needed me. Maybe someone had a question. Or a concern.

Aware that the phone usually brings more negative than positive, I decided I wouldn’t check it.

A few minutes went by. Something kept gnawing at me. Something inside told me I needed to look. That a fire was raging, and that I was the only one who could extinguish it.

And so I looked.

And some angry text messages appeared on my screen.

And my morning, my blissfully ignorant morning, was ruined. For the next few hours, I remained upset by the contents of those messages.

I tell you all of this, because I don’t want you to make the same mistake.

At this point, our phones are attached to our bodies, like a third arm. But when we can, we need to find the discipline to say no to the temptation.

We say we need to check because maybe something urgent awaits us.

But if everything is urgent, is anything urgent?

Yesterday reminded me of that, and the next time I find myself in a similar situation, I will do my best to be smarter about it.

Those moments of complete happiness are so precious, and we must do everything we can to prolong those periods.