One thing before we get started – Happy, Happy Birthday to my best friend Katie! I promised her I wouldn’t tell you she’s 30 now. 🙂
It’s #Blogtober14 day three! I’m still going strong. Today’s prompt: One thing you can’t live without.
To be perfectly honest, I had to make a list – not because there are so many things I can’t live without, because I obviously would survive without any of them. I didn’t want to go all philosophical and say “love is all I need” or cheat and say a bag of holding or that cute little beaded thing that Hermione Granger carries in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows so I could keep everything.
I also didn’t want to get tied up in thinking about people I can’t live without, because that’s just one rabbit hole I would rather avoid.
Spoiler alert: I couldn’t come up with one thing. I came up with three.
One thing I can’t live without:
Is anyone surprised?
Last month, I drowned my Galaxy S4 in a sink of water thanks to a backed-up drain and a pesky dog. I obsessively tried to dry it out and let it sit in hopes of a second magical recovery (we do not learn lessons in our house very quickly). Unfortunately, it was not to be. So, I spent a week using my 4-year-old Droid X while I waited for the time and funds to pick up a replacement phone.
It. Was. Tragic.
This phone could do nothing – it barely called and texted, and even though it is only 4 years old that’s like 85 in phone years and, admittedly, my grandmother of the same age probably moves faster. Apps? Forget about it. I was nearly hyperventilating by the time we went to the Verizon store for a new phone and I would have paid that awesome sales guy almost anything he asked just to give me a new working device.
But wait – this one thing does so many things and therefore covers most of my original list. The other things I had written down were:
- Books/Kindle – This thing has my Kindle, Scribd, and Audible apps downloaded. I have enough reading material at my fingertips to last the next hundred years.
- Bible – Check. I use the amazing Bible Gateway app for reading plans and verse look-up, much to the chagrin of some people I’ve met.
- Notebook – While it’s not quite the same, my LG G3 has a Quick Memo app to take notes. I also use Evernote.
- Calendar – Ohhhh, don’t get me started on the calendar. You’ll have to pry my Simplified Planners from my cold dead fingers, but I also use the Cozi family planner app to keep us all on track. (It also has a grocery list and to-dos right in the app.)
I was hardly exaggerating when I told family and friends that my entire life was on my phone. I may rail against being a slave to the smartphone, but the best I can do is be intentional about how I use it. There is no unringing the digital bell.
I mean…I could probably live without it.
One thing more:
Coffee. Sweet, sweet nectar. Proof that God is good and wants us to make it through the day.
Now, if I could figure out how to get chocolate from my phone…
Join the fun! What one thing can’t you live without?