Digital delight | downgrading

The Experience

Feast your eyes on this beauty. This is the smart phone I bought last week...and that I'm returning to the store tomorrow. Don't get me wrong; the time I spent with this phone was exhilarating, productive, and just plain awesome. It worked (for the most part) like a charm and allowed me to experience the convenience of having my calendars, email, text messaging, internet, etc., etc., etc. in the palm of my hand.

So why on earth am I returning this fabulous product?

No, really? I happen to be a heavy user of Google applications, and rely on them to help organize my life. This was an opportunity to have it all in the palm of my hand. Now I'm giving it up and returning to my plain, old cell phone.

The problem is that I loved it too much! I've been known to enjoy chatting in Gmail, but having Gmail chat in my hand 24/7 was just too much! I couldn't resist starting up conversations with whomever happened to be online every time I glanced at my phone. I've never been a texter, but with unlimited text messaging in my hand with a super fast keyboard input, I found myself going out of my way to send texts about any old thing. I think you get the idea. This was a Google junkie's dream come true, which, in my case, also happened to be an overdose of digital delight.

The Lesson

Today, one day after I decided to return the phone, I picked up the March issue of the Ensign. I saw this question on the front cover: "Is technology interfering with your personal revelation?" Bam. It's almost like it was all meant to be.

The article is called Digital Detachment and Personal Revelation. Here are some of the words that caught my attention:
We need to be able to hear the acoustic subtleties of the Spirit.
If you are like most people, you are sometimes uncomfortable being alone with your thoughts. Most people would rather plug in some headphones than allow their minds to contemplate the sacred.
...pondering the sacred things of God is necessary if we are to receive personal revelation, and pondering is best done in an unplugged environment.
As I mulled over these words, I realized that most of the personal revelation I receive comes not when I am reading the scriptures and the words of the prophets, but when I pause and actively ponder them.

I'm very happy with the chance I had to experience a fancy phone. I've even happier about what I learned through this experience. So what? Goodbye dream phone, love of my life. Hello revelation, healing balm and invaluable companion.


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