Cell Phones

I was up and at ’em early on Saturday taking care of business and making sure my children were all safe and sound.  It was my day to be all by myself. My children were with their father for most of the day.  As I was driving my van, I noticed how many people are just tuned out and not at all focused for the task at hand. This task which entails concentration is called driving. 

People are holding the cell phone and steering with one hand on the wheel, they have the cell phone wedged in between their shoulder and the side of their jaw and holding the steering wheel, they have a blue tooth in one ear and the phone in their lap, they have ear buds in their ears and are so totally consumed by their conversation that they may cut you off in traffic and not even know it.  Then I see people walking their dogs on the cell phone, people walking their children in strollers on the cell phone,  mothers and fathers at parks on the cell phone while their children yell at them to look at them slide down the slide, there are people jogging, riding bicycles and riding skateboards on cell phones and shopping with the cell phone and going down aisle after aisle asking the mysterious other what they should buy and what they think about what they buy.  I mean really, people can we just admit it we are hooked.  I would say that this obsession with  holding a small black rectangular shaped thing stems from the fascination with the remote control. It is like we are addicted to crack cocaine, we know it is too much yet we do it again and again and over and over. 

Just because you have a cell phone does NOT mean I have to listen to your entire conversation nor do I want to listen to your entire conversation. Cell phones are great when you are alone and no one can hear and you are not intruding on another’s’ space.  I do not like cell phones when they prevent me from conducting the business that I came here for.  Cell phones are addictive.  Once you have one, you have to hold it, touch it, look at it, adjust it. It is something that once you have it, it appears to simply take control of your life. Seems like you lose track of time.  At once you appear to have been placed about 8 miles down the road when in reality you drove down the road. Cell phones serve their purpose and our society is better off for being able to communicate. However, the outcomes will far outweigh   the benefits of such an existence.  

 We have done our children a disservice. There is something to be said for actually having the ability to hold a conversation that actually makes sense and has a noun and a verb of the correct tense; it has a subject and a predicate.  That is our fault, the grown folk. 

Retiring at 55 cannot come soon enough!

Yolande Barial
Your Words Project: Speaking on Purpose

Seeks to Enrich the Lives of Women through Spoken and Written Word.




“Through her inspirational writings and spiritual poetry, Yolande Barial empowers women of all ages to be on purpose.”


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