Failure (Moving Forward)

“You can best serve civilization by being against what usually passes for it.” -Wendell Berry

Wondering how my November challenge went?

The first week was a wonderful exercise of overcoming an addiction. I deleted excessive apps that I don’t use on a regular basis. I found more time in my day to think uninterrupted. I listened to the wind. I heard tires spin on wet cement. I watched the rainfall. I felt more connected to the Earth.

After the first week I spent the weekend in Philadelphia. I brought my phone with me, to listen to music on the plane and take pictures in the city. After I got back from my trip, most days I kept my phone with me. At work I would turn it off and leave it in my locker, but not much changed.

The experiment was a failure. I didn’t want to write this post, until I went out for drinks with some guys. We were sitting around with our IPA’s talking about movies and looking things up on our phone. Christian called Phone Stack. We stacked our phones in the middle of the table and the first person to use their phone buys the next round.

What a beautiful and simple solution to an annoying problem. After talking to friends about this, I found it as a popular solution at parties. Everyone has to put their phone in a basket as they enter the party. Maybe there is a way to move forward.