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A New Cell Phone; One Way to Mess Up Your Day

My wife and I got new cell phones this week. The old ones still worked, but we were ready for the new ones that will do just about anything, including cook your breakfast.

 After waiting for almost two hours to renew a contract, we were given phones that take your picture, play you tunes, let you surf the net and even watch television. Oh yeah, I hear if you work ’em right, you can even make a call on ’em.

Thursday was a complete wash because both my wife and I spent most of the day with our phone in one hand and the manual in the other, trying to figure it out. We’re both reasonably bright people, but this was a frustrating challenge. We literally killed the day fidgeting with the phones.

Maybe the Amish people in Pennsylvania have the right idea after all, a life uncluttered with technical trivia (although I DO consider flush toilets a basic staple of life). Without the added distractions, they are free to focus on faith, family and relationships.

And they do it well.

I recall a time when our children were small and we took them on an overnight camping trip to a little state park. We sat around the fire toasting marshmellows and telling stories. We all slept like babies that night.

Not a single phone rang on that trip because we left them all at home.

Our children really want us, not our “stuff.” 

James Sutton, Psychologist 


March 10, 2007 - Posted by | Counselors, Educators, family, Inspirational, Parents


  1. Isn’t it amazing, if you really think about it, how we think we can’t live without all this stuff yet not that many years ago this stuff didn’t even exist for us! haha! I think you may be right about the Amish having the right idea. 🙂


    Comment by momlovesbeingathome | March 10, 2007 | Reply

  2. LOL I’m still trying to figure out how to use the remote control to my DVD player. I can so relate!


    Comment by Desiree | March 15, 2007 | Reply

  3. It is true, children want us not stuff and we adults want to be more child like and realize that we need each other not all of the stuff that we buy to fill the emptiness that we ignore.


    Comment by tobeme | March 22, 2007 | Reply

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    Comment by camping world guide | April 8, 2007 | Reply

  5. hmmmm…very interesting!
    Thanks google


    Comment by Daurix | January 17, 2008 | Reply

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