Written by my good friend Sundi Jo

I was headed to my little cousin’s basketball game this weekend and decided to stop at the convenience store for a water. As I pulled out, I saw the most unbelievable looking contraption standing against the outside wall of the store. It was a payphone! I thought those things were extinct.

Thinking of that pay phone brought me back to the days of simplicity. The days when life wasn’t absorbed with a distraction on every corner, and relationships still took precedence over technology. Honestly, I don’t think it was that long ago, but it sure does seem like it.

The other day I sat down to a meeting with a gentleman and before the meeting was over, requested his phone number. “One second,” he said. “I don’t know what my phone number is.” He pulled his cell phone out of his pocket and looked it up. We’re living in a world where we don’t even know our own phone numbers. Sheesh….. I still remember my phone number from before the days of cell phones. 859-6533. (Not responsible for whomever answers.)

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all about the latest and greatest technology. I use my iPad to read, play games, take sermon notes, etc. I have the luxury of picking up the phone and calling a friend living three states away while I’m driving down the road. But I realize that sometimes I make life too complicated.

When we had to walk to the pay phone to make a call, we were actually walking. I remember playing outside with friends because that was the only option. How quickly I can be sucked in by what’s behind the laptop screen, that I forget there’s actually a sun shining outside. I find myself texting a friend some hard truth because it’s much easier to do that than actually looking her in the eyes.

Can we stop making life so complicated and go back to the simple things? What if we made relationships the priority again? What if we sat at the dinner table with our families and engaged in real conversation? What if we woke up first thing in the morning and stepped outside instead of perusing through Facebook to see who did what last night? (Preaching this to myself.)

Let’s take simplicity back and stop making life so danged complicated. (Tweet that)

Who’s with me?  What step can you take to make life a little more simple?

~Sundi Jo
Lead. Love. Laugh. 

About the Author


Abby Lewis has a degree in Health and Wellness and her massage therapy license. She is the author of Living Still and producer of A Breath~in Stillness. Her life’s work is to passionately encourage others to experience transformation of spirit, mind and body by learning to practice “living still.”


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