By Remez Sasson
Are you attached to your cell phone, unable to leave it aside for a few minutes?
Can you travel by bus or train, or wait in line, without texting with your cell phone?
Do you always want to know what your friends are saying, or tell them where you are?
What can happen, if for just one hour you stop your curiosity?
Suppose you were on a small island for the next 24 hours with no cell phone at all? Can you survive?
Look around you, and you will see people in the train or the bus, in an elevator or at a restaurant, with their gaze fixed on this small instrument in their hands, oblivious to what is happening around them. It became an extension of their personality and their body.
If once, many years ago, people worshiped gods, now they worship the cell phone.
Suppose someone came from the past, from one hundred years ago, and saw people with strange, small instruments in their hands, what would he think? He would see people walking, talking, eating and working, while at the same time their sight is fixed on this instrument, and their fingers moving on it. Strange sight, isn’t it?
I have a question for you. Can you turn off your cell phone for just a few hours? Do you have the courage and the inner strength to be without your cell phone for even one hour?
Let’s do an experiment
The purpose of this experiment is not to make you stop using your cell phone. The purpose is to prove to yourself that you have the inner strength to change habits, and that you can break enslaving habits. That’s all.
Turn off your cell phone for one hour, at any time of the day when you are not expecting important calls, or when you don’t need to use it for your business or work, and see what happens. This is an act of inner strength. It exercises and strengthens willpower and self-discipline.
During this hour, resist the temptation to turn it on. You might experience stress, strain and nervousness, just like an addict trying to stop using drugs, or a smoker, who is denied of his cigarettes.
If you can turn off your phone for one hour, you can do so for two hours. If you can exist without it for a certain period of time, you can show inner strength concerning other habits.
This is like mental gymnastics, which makes your stronger. Such acts strengthen your willpower, self-discipline and assertiveness.