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Are There Any Sacred Spaces Left?!

May 11, 2012

The other day I walked into Publix to do some shopping but before I began, I made a pit stop to the restroom. As I walked in, I simultaneously heard one woman having a conversation on her phone and another woman’s cell phone being answered. I smiled to myself and then thought, “Really! Are there no sacred spaces left? Are there no sacred times left?!”

Besides the most obvious danger of having your phone drop into the toilet, what about the more insidious dangers of not ever being able to sit in quiet? Don’t laugh; this really did happen to a friend of mine in Disneyworld. While in the stall, she had her phone strategically placed in her pocket and it accidentally fell out into the toilet. As she quickly stood up to grab it, the automatic flusher swallowed up her phone.

We are all so attached to our phones, our text messages, our emails that we don’t even allow ourselves the time—even time invoked by Mother Nature—to relax and unplug.

So here is my challenge for you. The next time you are doing your business (as my nine year old likes to say), disconnect and take a few moments out of your day to just sit. When you’re in the bathroom, and your phone rings, try something radical, and DON’T answer it. In all likelihood, it won’t be an emergency and you can return the call in a few minutes. When Mother Nature calls, let her call be the only one you take!

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