Today I caught the tram in to work at a university in Melbourne. I spent the trip watching fellow passengers.
I watched a tram-load of passengers lost to their smartphones.
Don't think I'm all high and mighty. That is still me at times. It used to be me all the time.
The thing that struck me was how dull the energy on the tram was. Not calm, but dull.
People weren't laughing or even smiling to themselves.
Watching them, I saw that all they were doing was clicking, flicking, clicking, flicking and occasionally reading.
They were getting next to nothing out of it.
There's nothing wrong with some conscious internet time. Of course not. But I'd put money that this was anything but conscious.
The thing is, we only have this exact moment. That's it. No promises for a future when we can use our time 'well'.
The passengers missed a lot that tram ride.
They missed beautiful Royal Park and the sunshine glistening on the gumtrees.
They missed daydreaming, planning a surprise party for their loved one or creating a drawing.
They missed being in their own bodies, listening to their own breath or their heart's desires.
They missed a chapter of a great book or listening to music or a podcast (I didn't even spot any headphones).
They may even have missed meeting their new best friend or partner.
They didn't truly relax, recharge or regenerate.
Instead, they left themselves, their hearts, minds and souls.
They lost time and themselves. We lose time and ourselves.
So I'm calling us all to come back. To remember the world of options out there that can sing to our hearts and minds. The options and choices that make life sweet and worth living.
Grab my free guide for reigning in your internet habits.
Come back to now, to you. It's all we have and we can make it superb.
Hi, I'm Dr Lara Corr, life coach and researcher in work and wellbeing. I coach successful 30 and 40 somethings who want more fulfilling or bigger careers but doubt themselves and their options. I help them get out of their own way, find direction and go for what they really want.