The Kindness of Strangers…get off your PHONE!

When I started this blog, I had no clue what I was doing, or why I was doing it.  I have to say though, it is so FUN and I enjoy posting every week day.  Just as an FYI, I like to spend my weekends with my handsome husband, cute nieces, bad dog, amazing friends, and/or the best family–so you won’t catch me on here on Saturdays or Sundays!  Those are my days off, from everything!!!

The thing that popped into my head for this Monday morning is what it means to be KIND, truly genuinely kind and why every person SHOULD be kind.  I never really understood what kindness meant or what it looked like until I went on my honeymoon to Belize.  Belize is one of the best places I have ever been in my life.  Not only because it is beautiful, but it is also filled with beautiful people.  They are beautiful because they are kind.  Every place we visited whether it was an excursion or a restaurant, we just had a blast.  We had a blast because the people were kind and wanted to know about us, genuinely.  They weren’t looking for a tip or anything in return.  They just wanted to talk to you and learn about you.  The other thing that I loved about Belize was in our hotel room we didn’t get cell phone service.  We could go to the lobby and get service, but we didn’t get it in our room.  The reason I am pointing this out is because I have noticed that Americans get lost on their cell phones/iPads/Kindles, etc.  Instead of being present in the moment they are so obsessed with their phones–they actually miss the whole moment all together.  THIS drives me crazy.  You only get one life to live and you never know how long people are going to be in your life.  So, why, I ask, are you are you wasting your life away reading about someone else’s life?!?!

I know this is kind of contradicting because you are sitting here reading my blog, but I think Americans need a wake up call.  I can’t tell you how many people crash right into me on the sidewalks of Manhattan because they aren’t even looking up!  They just run right into me.  I feel like saying to them “Are you stupid?!?” or “Really, that text can’t wait 20 minutes, the 20 minutes it takes you to walk from the subway to your work?” It just honestly scares me that people get so engrossed and obsessed with their technology to the point that they can sit at dinner with a friend that they haven’t seen in months, and instead of talking to their friend, they are staring at their phone and plugging away at a text or scrolling through Facebook.  As someone who has been at dinner with friends like this, I can honestly speak for your guest, and say, Wake UP, I didn’t come to dinner with you to watch you play on your phone!!!!

I am not saying that I am not completely guilty of this. I find myself doing it often, and I regret the times that I have done this.  If I have done this to you, please take this as my formal apology!!! I wish I could take back my actions!!!  Before I sign out, I challenge you all to think before you play on Facebook or return a text…Is it really a good time to do this??  Ask yourself these questions!  I bet once you make yourself conscientious of your technology obsession, you will, too, realize that you are missing out on living your life!  Be present, trust me, it makes life more fun!!!! Oh and don’t forget to Be Genuinely Kind too!!!

Thanks for reading and have a fun day 🙂

Here is my picture of the day…

I don't really think this picture needs a caption...
I don’t really think this picture needs a caption…

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