Taking Back—–C.O.N.T.R.O.L—–Of my Life!

Are you in control of your life?  Could you spend one day without you phone, PC or electronic gadget?

By CityFella

My life isn’t my own. it’s controlled by electronic devices.  Things I have convinced  myself I need, to get through the day

I need my Kindle tablet to relax,  I download movies and TV shows and when I’m not working,writing.  I watch it on public transit or on planes.  It’s small and compact and a contestant companion when I travel .

This is my three year old antique phone.  The Samsung Sidekick, I dropped one in oil, nearly lost another at the Denver Airport ,and I bought a spare via Ebay.  I don’t talk ,I text with this phone several times a day.  I check my e-mails here, it beeps several times a day, alerting me to shopping and travel deals and news events.  I’m am constantly patting my body I need to know where it is at all times. 

My HP four year old netbook has been my constant travel companion for four years. Cracked and held together with tape is being retired next year.    Its it is my travel companion. . Like my Kindle HD it goes with me everywhere. I have extra charges, plugs, everything.  I am never without back up power.  Cords for rental cars.  These items represent 30% of my baggage.  They are apart of who I am.

 This thing was supposed to make my life easier.

Then there were floppy disks, mice, the need  for protection, files.   I need to by thing to project my  protect my information.  While it has enhanced my life, it has also made my life more complicated and brought a new level of stress.

I  am old enough to remember these days?

No worries of people hacking into my personal letters, or calls.  I didn’t worry about my phone going dead.  There was no phishing back in the day.  I didn’t have to update my phone or Sony with the latest spyware.


Instead of today

 We find other. No interaction other than a move to right or left.

I’m looking for that balance.

Last week a man asked me at Barnes Noble’s, if I could function without my phone.  I sort of gave him a brief smile and returned to my mindless texitng.  I saw the man again in the middle or store. he had a happy calm face.  A lot of people walked by him with their phones in their hands.    I thought about what he said.    If you visit my small apartment, one thing you’ll notice,  I have four separate places where you can charge your phone and that’s just in the living room.  I have one in the bathroom and three in the bedroom.   I’m not looking to move in with a kind hearted Amish family, I am simply looking for balance.     I want to vacation free of my electronics.  People did that for centuries without the need for therapy.   I want to take a walk, without internally panicking because my phone is alone somewhere on a cold table.

Free of my electronic devices

“Just Being”


I saw this on 60 minutes last Sunday.

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/mindfulness    (Time: 14 minutes)

It made an impact on me.   While I cant afford a retreat on a mountain. I am taking baby step to end the addition.

Yesterday I tried being without sound and distractions for one hour ,it was HELL!!  

My mind kept referring to them wanting to open and turn on.

I like my electronics,  at the very moment I cant function without them.

Sounds odd, doesn’t it!

How long could you function without your I-phone, an hour, day?

Could you go a day without going on the internet?

   Are your electronics controlling you?

  Take a few minutes and watch the video.

My goal is one hour a day.

Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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