Phone Moan

I have the most temperamental of mobile (cell) phones when it comes to charging. It will only charge if I use Fionnuala’s charger (I go through phone chargers like Donald Trump goes through aides) and place it at a certain angle until the charging icon comes on. A millimetre to the left or a millimetre to the right and it will switch itself off. I need the steady hand of a surgeon and the unblinking eye of a fighter pilot to complete my task.

I’m on my phone a lot as I use it for my blogging so half of my life is spent either charging the phone or thinking about charging my phone. This is particularly tricky at work where we are not allowed phones in the office for security reasons. While I am hardly ever on my phone at work as I am a model employee the corridor outside often resembles an obstacle course of texting colleagues and charger leads. It’s a wonder there is ever any work done in the place.

I know I spend too much time on my phone as many of us do if we are honest with ourselves. If our most valuable possession is our phone then our phone charger can’t be too far behind. We see them as our lifeline to civilisation and without them we feel naked. It is as if we are missing a limb. When I commute to work in the mornings nobody on the train reads a physical newspaper anymore. They obtain their news fix from their phones or tablets. Do people even talk anymore? We are the walking dead, shuffling along oblivious to what is going on right before our very eyes.

If we only we were as disciplined at checking our physical, mental and spiritual charges? How many of us are running on empty in respect of these areas. Running around at a million miles per hour attempting to stick to unrealistic schedules. We eat the wrong foods, neglect to exercise and become weighed down with stress and the worries of the world. We compensate by worshipping at the altars of money, sex, alcohol, bad food and a thousand other false deities. We are running on empty and desperately try to fill the aching chasms in our lives with activities guaranteed to damage our hearts, minds and souls even further.

We need to take more care of recharging ourselves and spend less time recharging our electronic devices. Take time for yourself and the people around you who truly matter. If you are a Christian spend time praying and reading your Bible. If you’re not find something, anything, that will help you switch off from the ratrace that is life and switch on to your own well being and state of mind. For otherwise one day your battery will run flat and no charger on earth will be able to blow life into it again.

This blog post was brought to you by my I Phone 6 which is currently sitting at 94%.

How much time do you spend on your phone or tablet every day?

Do you spend enough time tending to your own charging needs?

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  1. I definitely do not pay enough attention to my personal charge! I’ve spent this year getting back on track spiritually but I’m a long way from healthy in all other respects. It’s an interesting perspective that not paying attention to those needs makes us vulnerable to idolatry of all forms. I guess it makes sense then that God commanded His people to have a rest day once a week to recharge 🙂

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  2. Every one is guilty of not looking after their charging needs for themselves. It is the way society has gone and ended up. 24 hour lifestyles. Personal time is important. In my recovery i am learning to relax again, at the height of my illness i felt the need to be constantly on the go i could not sit at home and just watch tv for example. This is of course not good for health or well being. I still struggle sometimes and freak out a little when i get to the end of a day and i feel that i have been too inactive.

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  3. This is so true! Actually, my parents are really strict, and won’t let us have phones, and we have to turn the tablets in at 8:30 every night and not use them at all on Sunday. But when I do have my tablet, it’s so easy to let time get away from me just doing meaningless things. And it is healthy to get away from the screens for a while. Great reminder! Hopefully without school this week, I can take time to charge myself 🔌 ☺

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  4. I mostly use my phone to text and check e-mail or Facebook notifications. I rarely talk to anyone on the phone, despite spending hours on the phone as a teenager in the ’80s, which I find ironic. I also think it’s ironic that I recharge my spirituality by using a meditation app on my phone!

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  5. I spend way to much time on my phone, especially if you count the times when I’m listening to an audio book or sermon through my Bluetooth headphones. I recently heard some excellent advice about talking to my neighbors to build a relationship where I can eventually share the Gospel. It was novel advice, including saying ‘hello’ when you pass rather than looking down at your phone and avoiding eye contact. That cracked me up! Thank you for this post brother, grace and peace to you from the Father!

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  6. I used to be a hardcore internet-addict. I would just scroll through the internet aimlessly as a way to kill time. I was able to cut out most of my useless-browsing, but it’s still hard to ignore some times. In this day and age where there is a bounty of entertainment at our fingertips, it’s hard not to just let yourself get sucked in.

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  7. Thanks for the reminder as we enter the Holiday season and for me a lot of year end stuff and beginning of the year paperwork that needs done in a timely manner. I am not good if my battery is not charged properly that is for sure. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving from here in the grand ole USA – may the thanksgiving of praises all year long fill your hearts with abundant blessings from God!

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  8. So so true!!! I actually realized that if I spend too much time on my phone I feel a bit dead on the inside afterwards, like the beauty of the world can’t reach me anymore. So I limited my screen time and try not to distract myself anymore, but only use it with awareness. Works sometimes, sometimes not so much 🙂 great read!

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      1. It depends; sometimes just a small moment at night to call my boyfriend (he lives abroad), sometimes several hours when I’m working on my blog…like today for example 🙂 will balance it out with some yoga…

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