DON'T TREAT YOUR CELL PHONE BETTER THAN YOU TREAT YOURSELF.
We are living in a technologically driven world. And for the most part, this leads to convenience and in some cases, a sense of security. However, there has been some consequential fallout with this convenience and security.
One of these consequences is that we have had a shift in values. This is the major focus of this post. Hence. the title. With the convenience that cell phones have given us, there is also a price, both figuratively and literally. Many of us have newer more technologically advanced devices with cameras, high speed connectivity, and a whole host of valuable information. And it is a great device.
If someone would have told me in my teen years that we would have a computer, a calculator, a camera, and a world of information in our back pocket, I probably would have tried to slap some sense into them. Because that sounds absolutely INSANE! But here we are in the 2020s with just that. Not only is it here, but it is the norm to possess such a device. Many of these devices have a hefty price to them, costing hundreds of dollars.
So we are compelled to protect them, and rightfully so. We have to charge them and condition their batteries. We put on shock-resistant cases and bulletproof screen protectors on them. We keep them away from water, heat, and cold. Without all of this protection and charging, our phones would become nothing more than expensive paperweights. This is where we go from the literal to the figurative.
We put a lot of work into protecting this very useful, and some may argue, necessary piece of equipment, but I have a question. How much of that type of effort is put into ourselves? What do we do to protect ourselves? What do we do to recharge and condition our own batteries? What do we do to keep the toxicity away from ourselves?
My closing note is this.
The phone is replaceable, but you are not.
I am a very laidback woman. I am a Licensed Certified Social Worker, and I have been in practice in the fields of mental health and substance abuse for over 15 years. I love what I do and I have a passion for helping to end the stigma associated with mental health.