I, Michayla White, broke down and got an iPhone. An iPhone 4 to be exact. So, by some standards, I’m still “old school” when it comes to my phone.
Perhaps you’re shocked I didn’t already have one, or perhaps you’re shocked that I’ve survived this long without one… but, I have one now. And I have a couple of things to say about life with an iPhone.
1) I enjoy being connected. There is some form of security in feeling like if I need information, if I get lost, if I forget something, if I need to get in touch with someone, I always can now. Usually
2) I don’t like being connected all the time. The constant buzz or little chime of my phone is sometimes overwhelming. I need space from that. So I make space.
3) I get the addictive nature of these things, and it’s much different than my iPad. I don’t know if it’s the size, or the fact that I text most from my phone, or what it is, but I’m drawn to my iPhone in a much different way than I am to my iPad.
4) I love how I’ve been able to capture moments of my life for the past month that I’ve had my iPhone. The camera and video camera are always accessible, so I have been able to visually document a lot more of my life than I’ve normally been doing. When we have kids, this will probably be even more valuable.
5) I think it’s a keeper, though I’m learning I need to steward myself more with it.
Last night, I went for a walk. I brought my iPhone along because I wanted to work on my memory verses for work. So, I opened my YouVersion app, hit the audio play for Luke 2, and off I went. I got about 12 text messages, 3 Facebook notifications, and 7 emails on that walk. But I didn’t respond to any of them until after my walk was done. Why? Because I wanted to focus on what I set out to do. I wanted to just enjoy nature, enjoy the Word of God, and have peace. To disconnect for just a little bit.
So, I broke down, and got an iPhone. I’m really enjoying it. I’m thankful for it. It’s incredible. But it’s an incredible tool. I plan to keep it that way, and I’m trying to be purposeful in stewarding how I use it. There’s too many wonderful things in life I could miss if I failed to steward my focus, attention, and time.
What do you do to disconnect?