In The Alchemist, it is said that the world’s greatest lie is this: “that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate.” Wow! I love this and it is so true. That is a lie. However, it got me thinking about our current way of life and a new world’s greatest lie. While the first still dominates, I would argue the greatest lie we fall for today is this: that you have to check your phone.

We tend to check our phones almost CONSTANTLY in our lives today, but we do so under the ruse that “we have to.” In reality, if something urgent happens in our world and someone needs to reach us, the phone will RING. It will. It really will. In the meantime, the 98% of the time that there is not a crisis that requires our immediate attention, we can CHOOSE to stop waiting for the other shoe to drop, put the phone away, and pick up whatever sparks joy in our life. It is counterculture, I know, but it is also the way of peace, rest and joy.

Trying to put my phone AWAY more and more,

Nikola Rosa