Gratituesday: Your Phone Has No Buttons

I don’t know why, but it always happens on the train. The subway, perhaps. Maybe, the bus. Leaning against the wall, looking out the window, I find myself playing with my phone.

Not the device. The object. I think it’s fascinating. I can’t get over how amazing it is.

We’ve had smartphones for over ten years, but if you take a second to analyze yours, you’ll see what an astonishing creation it truly is.

Tilt the screen. Raise it until you can barely see what’s on it. Light it up. Look at it. It’s flat. But it’s all there. And yet, your phone has no buttons. Not a single one. It’s just one plate of sleek glass. And all you need is one finger.

One tap to go through the portal. To reach through the glass and access the entire universe. Wow.

Your phone has more power than the rocket that carried the first men to the moon. It has a crisper resolution than many of our early gaming consoles. And it’s a free landline connection to four billion people.

No wonder we get overwhelmed. That’s too much force for one person to handle. So yes, we’ll have to learn how to use it. But at the same time, it is nothing shy of magic.

Let’s remember we were there to see it.


About Gratituesday: By Tuesday, we're deep into thinking about what we seek. That's why it's a great day to remember what we already found. Gratitude has many benefits, but, mostly, it's an exercise in shifting our perspective. Instead of focusing on what's missing, we can focus on what we have.

And we'll be much calmer for it.

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