For years, my kids have told me that all my problems could be solved if I would just buy myself an iPhone. Well, maybe not ALL of my problems, but every question or complaint I had about my old phone was always countered with, “When are you going to get an iPhone?”
So, I finally did. My old Android was shutting itself down, losing contacts, would not display voice mails and quit its Bluetooth capabilities. It was only a matter of time before it fell apart in my hands, so last weekend I bit the bullet and took the plunge and bought the iPhone.
And it is driving me crazy. I have been trying to be patient, knowing there is a learning curve. But this morning I couldn’t even figure out how to make a phone call and I began to think it was time to take it back to the store and go back to Android. It just seemed too hard.
Then I remembered some of the stuff I have been learning from Joe Dispensa’s book, “You Are the Placebo.” Stuff about how we just do the same things over and over again everyday and because we don’t do anything new we are basically dooming ourselves to never change… even if we want to. The big message here is to learn new information and do new things if you want to have a chance of growing. This all makes intuitive sense, but he is backing it up with major brain science and it is hitting home.
I feel my phone-thoughts turn 180 degrees, just like that. Suddenly I see my new phone as my new best friend. I don’t know if I will ever love it the way my kids love theirs but I am thrilled to see that I am holding a key to brain health, elasticity and my own ability to keep growing and changing right in my hot little hands. By the time I figure this thing out, I may have completely re-wired my brain.
I hope I like the new wiring.