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My Watch is My Guru: Telling Time the Old-Fashioned Way
am not ashamed to admit that I recently rewatched (for the 90th time) the 1998 time-capsule that is “You’ve
Got Mail." It may have originally been a sweet
love story, but nowadays this film is basically an hour-and-a-half-long deja
vu. Remember your computer telling you “You’ve Got Mail”? Remember dial-up? Remember
when phones were for making phone calls? Remember when big-box bookstores
seemed like the corporate enemy and not themselves a dying breed, a last bastion of print media? And on this
most recent viewing, I noticed Meg Ryan continually making a funny motion not much seen
these days: checking her wristwatch.
A wristwatch! I had to have one, and now thanks to a recent birthday and a nice husband, I do. I specifically wanted one with numbers, since years of digital faces have rendered my time-telling skills shaky. Apparently a good ladies’ watch with numbers is a hard thing to find. But find one he did, and over the past few days, I don’t think I’m exaggerating that much when I say my life has changed.
Now when I want to know what time it is, I look at my watch. Its face stares back at me, guilelessly reporting the hour, minute, nothing more. I find that I look at my iPhone much less frequently, and when I do, it’s with a particular purpose. I hadn’t even realized how often I pulled out my phone to check the time and then got distracted by a text, or if there wasn’t a text, then wondering why and perhaps sending a text, and then while I was there checking email, and having a look at Facebook (He's getting married! Crazy!), and then fending off my kid's grab at the phone to play "gamies"... by the end of this 15-minute time check, of course, I was no closer to knowing what time it was.
watch is a revelation, a reminder to do one thing at a time, an easy way to be more mindful every day, every hour. It is such a
foreign pleasure to have moments of not multitasking. If a watch evokes this much low-fi joy, I can only imagine how zen I'd be if I went back to waiting for a dial-up internet connection. (I kid, Time Warner! Don't do that to me!)
ways to slow down and stop multitasking:
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