What Do You Consider an Emergency?
It was a rainy afternoon in Northeast Philadelphia, I was having a chat with another
person and my phone rang. I first apologized, and then reached in my
pocket to grab the phone. I said, “My apologies. I did not realize I
left the ringer on.” I placed the phone on vibrate and placed the phone
back in my pocket. Shortly thereafter the other person's phone started
chirping. This person reached over to grab their phone, glanced at it
and said, “Hold on I have to answer this email.” Was it an emergency?
Well telling from the body language and the smirk, I'd say not. Maybe I
set myself up for a bit of disappointment expecting the same courtesy
from others...and I did set myself up.
has happened to our society? Are we expected to respond to emails and
9:30 pm phone calls at the moment? Is there a purpose for emails and
voice mails to respond to later? Have we really narrowed our mindset to
the here and now? What has happened to the enjoy the moment?
you ever noticed when you attend a play, and all the phones and
camcorders in the air? Everyone looking through the small screen, and
not paying attention to the bigger picture. Have we become so focused on
the small things, that when something that is an emergency happens, it
becomes an international incident.
I am old school...so be it, however, an emergency is, the house is up
in flames, someone is heading to the ER, or something tragic has
happened. Answering emails in the moment, Social Media, or calling at
odd hours to answer “YOUR” question is not an emergency. There are times
and places for “things,” “distractors.” or the “emotional” moments.
Take time and just sit back and analyze where the day is going, your
life, your family, and turn everything off for just one hour. Stop
yourself when that phone rings or the email notification goes off. I mean seriously, what do you consider an “Emergency?”
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