Sunday, I was at a formal tea for the National Charity League, a volunteer organization for 7th through 12th grade girls.
At the entrance, there was a sign that said “No cell phones beyond this point.” Of course, inside they were many phones out (mostly for picture taking). When we all took our seats, there was an announcement that all of the girls were to put their cell phones in a basket across the room. 😮 #tensemoment
Later, my daughter and I were analyzing why it was suddenly so tense when this announcement was made. We came to the conclusion that cell phones also serve as a security blanket.
Being at a formal tea with people you don’t know can be awkward. You have to make small talk... a lot of small talk. When you have a phone, you can use that as an excuse not to talk to anyone. When you don’t have this distraction, you have to engage and possibly challenge yourself a little bit. You have to sit with the awkwardness and really experience it. This is where growth happens.
Can you relate? When was the last time you used your phone to avoid an uncomfortable situation? #beherenow #nocellphonesallowed #presentmoment #motherdaughtertime