Thinking Time

Over the last few months, I have become intrigued by stories of people giving up their mobile phones or reverting to basic versions. These intrepid voyagers are swimming against the tide, imagine asking your 14-year-old to try this! But I feel they may be on to something big.

One recurring experience they describe is the improvement in their ability to think and concentrate, and perhaps, more importantly, they feel more present in their situation and surroundings.

I believe this idea can help us in the pursuit of our dreams and goals. Success often boils down to your ability to set goals and consistently work towards them while you adapt in response to real-world feedback.

We observe what happens, then think about it and change direction if required! It’s not rocket science, it’s a fundamental skill that we all learn from a very young age, but mobile phones get in the way.

We should be looking up and out, experiencing our world first-hand, listening, learning and gathering information and insights. But instead during every pause, at every quiet moment, we pull out our mobiles and look down, shutting out the real world to play games, browse social media, read articles or watch videos.

We are distracted and rarely present. We are not observing our surroundings; we are not seeing and feeling what’s happening. We aren’t even properly listening to the people around us, so we miss the subtleties of what’s happening.

We are scared to spend time alone without the comforting feel of our phones in our hands. We must break this habit!

Thinking time is when we make the great leaps. It’s when we learn. It’s when we improve. It’s when we realise that our current direction isn’t right, and we need to change. If we use our mobile phones to distract ourselves, we are allowing them to waste our lives. Minute by minute, they quietly eat away at our minds.

I don’t know how I’m going to move forward with these ideas.

I’m thinking perhaps of having two phones. One old school one that I will carry around day to day for telephone calls and texting. Then I could keep my iPhone in the van so that its available for satnav and an internet connection.

I had a conversation with a friend yesterday in which I said we were sleepwalking towards a society we don’t want. I think mobile phones are a clear illustration of this. They bring great benefits but also have enormous power to do us harm.

Is it time we all made some changes?

We climb the mountain, not in giant leaps but one small step at a time.

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Hi, I’m Luke Bream, the author of this blog, one of the co-founders of Valentte, hillwalker, cyclist, dreamer and an eternal optimist! My writing is focused on learning how we create the life we have always imagined, become the person we have always wanted to be in order to fulfill the dreams and goals we have set ourselves. I believe there is a power within each of us to achieve whatever we commit to mastering. Want to hear more? Read my full story. (coming soon…)

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6 replies on “Thinking Time

  • Susan Canning

    Yes Luke you are absolutely right today’s obsession with technology is going to lead to very bad things. Mental health problems abound ,suicide is increasing and all because of our completely unnatural way of life. I bet people who live at one with nature don’t have mental health problems. Don’t get me started on the IOT and 5G.

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  • Elaine Hancock

    Luke you are so right! I for one am guilty of the above at times! It is too easy to sit and scroll through social media and before I know it an hour has gone by, luckily I love to be outdoors and walking with my dogs, although with the recent weather that is sometimes easier said than done. Definitely time for changes!

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  • Kirti Lad

    This is a great blog… I totally agree with you and I would really live to hear how you you get one with 2 phones….

    Several times I have said to my mother “I am coming off “what’s app” …. obvs I haven’t but what I have changed is put my phone onto airplane mode in the evenings so only the people in my favourites list can contact me….

    I would really like to get to this place 🙂

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  • Tracey Fernandes

    I was very interested to read this blog this morning. I took a huge leap and decided to give up using Facebook for Lent and one week in I feel so different. It’s only one week but I can honestly say my head feels a lot clearer and I’m getting projects finished at home and feel like I am starting to achieve things day by day. It must sound strange but I am now looking forward to seeing how this develops over the coming weeks…….thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  • Lorraine Harrison

    Found your blog very inspirational. I have never used Facebook or any other site like that, only have a basic phone which I am quite happy with. Don’t feel the need to tell the world what I’ve been doing. Have a few close friends which is great, and always bare in mind ” what is this life if full of care we have no time to stand and stare”.

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  • Cathy Scott

    I enjoy your blogs, you talk a lot of sense, things, as you say, we do not take time for. I am 75 in years but not in how I feel or am but its a very different world I now live in. You have to learn what you place is in this world and it has rules of acceptance, some are old and just want to sit and do not too much but others are still looking for new things keeping standards climbing those mountains, perhaps a little slower, but each day offers challenges, new things to see, dreams to fulfill, lockdown has put a real damper on that but has opened new doors. Look at the Super Troopers on face book from LFF! A whole new group of ladies have grown up! It will have opened many doors and given so much confidence.
    I enjoy your products proper scents, perfumes that fill your sense with no synthetic nonsense!

    Thank you and keep writing but remember the older generation have a great deal to share if you take the time.

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