Minion Mondays 3 : Hey you, look up!

Three weeks into Minion Mondays! Some say, it takes three weeks to make a ‘habit’.. But I’m going to be on the fence and say so far so good! 🙂

This week is a tribute to all of us, yes ALL of us who can no longer remember what it was like to have a regular conversation for a couple of hours without checking their phones!

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Places where the smartphone comes in the way of what you’re really meant to be doing:

On the train.
At the dinner table.
In a meeting.
At the cinema.
Of course, at school or in class.

Being distracted and picking up the phone every few minutes is like flicking the tv remote, except a much, much more powerful one. It’s one of these things we all do knowing fully well that it’s rude. But we’re nice people right, so we apologize for being rude. But we still go ahead and use the phone anyway.

“Sorry I just need to respond to this text…”

“Sorry, give me a minute I need to get this call.” Walks out of meeting.

“Can I put you on hold for a bit, I’m getting another call. Really sorry, be right back”

Is it that our attention spans are too narrow now? Or that we think we can get away with it? Or that we think our friends, colleagues or parents wouldn’t mind? Or is it simply that we do it because everyone does it and it’s a bit of a spiral now? Nobody can really take offence anymore, because one or the other day they’ll be the perpetrators of the act!

I’m guilty of this, everyone I know is guilty of this, and I’m sure most people I don’t know are also guilty of this 🙂

It’s odd that we’re learning to live with not giving each other our undivided attention even for a few minutes. Sometimes we say “it’s from work” to make ourselves feel better about the whole thing. But ultimately it’s about being available to everyone…except to the person you’re supposedly spending time with!

I’m not even sure if I want to fix this about myself. However, I certainly want to be aware of it, and not let it get out of hand (which is very conveniently a subjective assessment).

Minion Mondays 2: It’s not just Mondays

One would think it’s just about Mondays but not really. It’s about not having the option to sit around in your pyjamas, bundled into your couch with a cup of tea. And a nice book in your hand or an awesome show on television.

Source : Facebook page ‘Minion Quotes’

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Don’t get me wrong, I like what I do for a living. But I cannot deny that it would be SO much more fun if it were optional to work, but the money just came in because you know, someone needs to pay those bills. Or if you could send a substitute if you don’t feel up to it. Like cricketers.

Poor Monday has acquired this bad repute for giving people ‘blues’. My blues are a bit like this:

Monday: too far from Saturday

Tuesday: still too far from Saturday

Wednesday: getting closer, not so bad. Especially after lunch, you’re over the hill after lunch.

Thursday: like it! One day to go!

Friday: Too close to Saturday without really being Saturday. But wooohoooooooo no alarm tonight!

Saturday: the best day ever!

Sunday: Early onset of Monday blues

So it’s not Monday that I have a problem with. It’s rules and expectations in general. And this whole grown up thing involving jobs and norms.

Sitting around doing nothing is my favourite type of day :).

Which is why my favourite animal is a cow. For its sheer inertness to anything around it. Anyone who has ever travelled on Indian roads would know exactly what I mean! So I’m a cow sitting in the middle of a busy road. You’re a guy in a big car? Ok you’re honking, why exactly? You want me to move? Nice try bud. You’re the one who wants to pass through, you’ll find a way I’m sure. I’m not going anywhere. See I’m busy chewing something I gulped yesterday.

***comfort zones are too comfortable to come out of***