Update All


Opening my phone, I noticed the number 39 on my App Store icon, “Dang!” I thought, “It’s update time again already!”  Don’t you dread updating your phone?  It seems like almost every day there is another update for one of my apps, or my phone’s operating system needs to be upgraded.  It boggles my mind how much goes on with this little handheld device in order to keep it running.

And I try to be vigilant when it comes to my phone and managing the updates as often as possible so I don’t end up with multiple apps needing to be updated at once.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand seeing those little red numbers on my phone’s icons.  I have to be very careful or I’ll use up my data plan getting the updates, instead of waiting to get home where I have wifi.

skynetWhich makes me wonder, why does it bother me so much to see those glowing, little, red numbers?  Is it because in the back of my mind they represent a sense of failure on my part, glaring at me saying, “Hey loser, can’t you even keep up with something so simple?” Why do I let a piece of technology keep score on me?  Could it be possible Skynet is already among us just waiting for the right opportunity to rid the Earth of humanity?

I don’t seriously believe robots with artificial intelligence will come to power and set out on man’s destruction, but maybe we have become so dependant on technology we find ourselves being judged by it without even realizing it.  It could be we have an invisible tether from our phones attached to us, and it has a strangle hold on us.

It was raining pretty hard at  work one day, so I left my phone in the truck to keep it from getting soaked.  For the next several hours I worked unhindered by text messages or phone calls, and it was exhilarating.  There were a couple of moments when I was tempted to log in to my social media accounts to see the latest news and drama; but without my phone handy I just pushed those desires aside and continued working.  And do you know what?  I didn’t miss it at all.

Perhaps it would be a good idea to turn off my phone for a few hours each day and do something other than keeping my face pointed towards that little six inch screen.  It was Henry David Thoreau who said,

“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.”

If we will lay aside technological devices and get out into nature for a little just a few minutes each day, I believe our lives would be so much fuller and satisfying.  Having said this though, thanks for reading my blog on your mobile device, now put it down and go do something without it.

Now you know what I think, what do you think?


Dad Your Ringtone Is Too Loud

My cell phone rang out loud and clear, and my excitement grew as I crossed the living room to pick it up.  The ringtone which was playing out loud and strong was The Avengers theme song; this is what I have set as my closest male friends contact ring.  It helps me to screen calls; yeah we all do it and if you haven’t set ringtones for your contacts, maybe you should think about it.

Anyway, as I went to pick it up, I mentioned how without my Otterbox cover on my phone its ring was even louder than normal.  My twenty-one year old daughter made the comment, “Yeah, but dad, it’s SO loud!”  I laughed as I answered the phone and talked to my friend.

In case you’re wondering why I like my ringtone loud, it’s simply because I want to know when someone is calling me.  In this world where almost everyone has a phone in their pocket, I think it’s rude if you don’t answer it.  Most of the time when my kids don’t answer their phone when I call, it’s because they have it on silent or vibrate.

Now I understand the importance of using the silence button.  If I’m at church, the movies or in an important meeting at work, I always put it on vibrate.  But other than when I’m extremely busy, I answer my phone if it rings.

I’ve told my friends and family to call me anytime, but if I don’t answer them it’s because I’m too busy at the moment to take the call, not because I’m ignoring them.  There is another side to this however.  I also tell them if it is an emergency and I don’t answer the first time, to immediately call me back.  If I see someone is calling me back to back then I know it is not just a social call.

I really try and answer the phone whenever I can, but this helps them to understand I am not just blowing them off.  Which is exactly how I feel when I call someone and they don’t pick up.  For instance, when I call my kids and they don’t respond; either by text or answering the phone, my mind can go to dark places quickly, and I have to fight off the fear which tries to take my heart.

Most of the time, they won’t text me back because they’re driving (and this is a good thing) then they forget to respond once they arrive at their destination.  I try not to take it personally, but you know sometimes us dads can go ballistic over the dumbest little things.

So I’ve got a suggestion for you, pick up the phone when it rings and if it’s on silent, don’t leave it that way all the time.  Silence your phone only when it is really important.  So there you have it, my rant for the day. Have a great day, and answer your dang phone!!!