Get off your phone and smell the roses

After a meeting at Irvine Spectrum while walking back to my car and speculating how far I had parked, the sun, the fact I had forgotten my sunscreen, that my skin was probably burning, how this was all frowned upon, I realized my thoughts were taking me away from the beauty around me and while I stopped to admire it I also noticed I was alone in my revelation. Everyone around me was stuck on their phones. In that brief moment, I wanted to jump on my soapbox and make them look at what they were missing but I too would be a hypocrite. I glanced at my own hands – a pair of keys and of course my phone. My initial instinct was to send out a tweet but that would have defeated the purpose of my discovery.

While I’m a big fan of the social media revolution, the good it can do, and the amazing benefits – I’m also in favor of reality. Social media can’t capture what we’re missing in the real world – the connections, the sights, the sounds, the smells that can be experienced IRL (in real life). When was the last time we put our phones away and looked around us? A tweet, a Facebook update, a Foursquare check in could have cost us an opportunity to miss a rare chance to admire the beauty around us.

Resist the urge to tweet just once and look around you. You might be surprised what you find. You might get a new sense of clarity, a new idea, or resolve an inner struggle. And when you’ve had your moment, you have my permission to share it online. :)

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  • Amber Avines

    Sukhraj: I love this! I try to always make time to, quite literally, smell the roses. It’s so important to acknowledge and appreciate the beauty around us. Thanks for this reminder of what’s important and the priorities we should share.

  • Amber Avines

    Sukhraj: I love this! I try to always make time to, quite literally, smell the roses. It’s so important to acknowledge and appreciate the beauty around us. Thanks for this reminder of what’s important and the priorities we should share.

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