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."