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Sunday, April 12, 2020

Don’t Pick up the Phone Every time It Rings

The telephone is there for your convenience, not for the convenience of your callers. Yet, as soon as hear the phone ring, we act as if we are firefighters rushing to a five- alarm fire. We run to pick it up as if our lives depended on the call being answered at once. I have seen people interrupt quiet family dinners dedicated reading times and meditation periods to answer those seemingly urgent phone calls, many of which turn out to be ones that could have been taken later.

I wish I can have a mobile that I use only to text. I wish telecom providers start providing “Text only” versions of their SIM cards. I wish  the world understands introverts better. I wish mobile phones are built only with speakers and no microphones.I do not understand why you have to use voice to communicate with me.  Isn’t my formatted, perfectly written text message not good enough for you? Why do you need me to translate text into voice?

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I don’t want to talk to you but I don’t like the fact that I have only a few seconds to process what you said, think about what I’m going to say, meliorate, rephrase and actually say it. See how hard it is? I don’t like that. I like to answer in my own time.
A phone call completely disrupts me, it kills my flow. I spend maximum time thinking and your phone call asks me to stop that. I can pick out to inattentiveness your call by turning on the Silent mode but you text me to pick up your phone call. 

Voice mail, though not perfect, is in many ways one of the great blessings of the modern age. It frees you up to do the things you want by allowing you to answer calls when it suits you. You no longer need to be interrupted by the ringing phone and can spend your time on life’s more important pursuits.
The habit of picking up the phone every time it rings is a hard one to break, as I know from personal experience. It is so easy to run to it, simply because we want to know who is calling us. often , picking up the ringing phone is just another way to put off doing something you don’t really want to do. But once you get good at letting it ring and staying focused on the activity at hand, whether it is reading a good book, having a heart-to-heart conversation with your life partner or frolicking with your kids, you will wonder what the hurry to pick up the phone was all about in the first place.

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