More talk and less communication...

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 0528582

In the big scheme of what is important in life, such as freedom of speech and freedom of movement,  good health, food, water and shelter, a working cell phone just doesn't make the cut. Yet, we are so plugged in, tuned in, and addicted to constantly checking a cell phone for texts, missed calls, email, facebook, activerain, etc, that to not have cell phone service makes one  feel like the world has been turned upside down.  

 

That is exactly what happened to me and not by any plan of mine.  Rather, I switched providers and then found out my I phone could not be switched from Sprint.  It didn't make sense, but after speaking to tech people in Oklahoma City and Asia back to Abilene Texas in a face-to face encounter, each was adamant that my I-phone could not be unlocked.  Sounds bizarre, I know, but I quickly knew that I had run into a roadblock and resigned myself to buying another "smart"phone,

 

As a result, I  survived almost a whole day without a cell phone, imagine that! In that day, I surrendered to being out of touch, unavailable, and secretly glad that if I was going to talk to someone, I was going to have to get dressed and go see them in person.  I did just that.  I think I shocked one tenant just by showing up on their doorstep.  Yup, face-to-face communication works! 

Ironically, I went to a meeting with five other ladies during the time I had no connection and wouldn't you know it, each at various times would check their cell, look up information on their cell or text something. At one point one person did recognize how rude this was during  a face-to-face meeting.  

 

Not having a cell phone certainly eliminates all the fluff in one's schedule and helps you regain your perspective.

 

Trying to navigate my new "smart" phone has me longing for a simpler time gone by, such as  remember when the phone rang, all you did was lift  the receiver and said "Hello."

 

  

  

 

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Beverly Carlson,  REALTOR, GRI, ASP, IAHSP, RESA

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Carlson Properties           

Abilene, Texas

325-721-2429

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Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I totally hear ya.  But, I am so grateful for the connection the phone gives us...the safety of knowing we can get help in an emergency.  I left my house one day and realized I forgot it and I was so stressed about not having it.  Not because I needed to check emails, or facebook, but because it represents security to me.

Oct 28, 2014 05:56 AM #1
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Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

Oh, yes security.  My sense of near panic bothers me when I forget my phone.  I have even had to remind my self.  "Now, take a deep   breath."  I lived many a year without a phone in my pocket and somehow managed to survive!

Nov 13, 2014 01:29 PM #2
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Beverly,

What a great post..it really is scary how dependent we have become on our smart phone. Many are rude with their constant texting, checking email and Facebook all while sitting face-to-face with someone. What message is that sending to that person??

Feb 09, 2015 09:07 PM #3
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Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

Good evening Dorie,  What a nice comment.  I was eating lunch the other day in a restaurant and the table of eight nearby,  the women were gabbing away, but the guy on the end seemed to be reading his cell phone while they waited for food.  The cell phone doesn't make face to face communication any eaiser!  

Feb 10, 2015 11:51 AM #4
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