What am I talking about you ask?
I’m not happy about the FCC considering a proposal to allow cell phone use on planes once it reaches 10,000 feet.
Trust me, it’s not because I think cell phones have an impact on the plane’s navigation systems – I’ve long felt this was a bogus claim! It has everything to do with the connections that won’t be made because people will be busy talking way to loud on their phones.
Through Conversations Life Happens & Finds Meaning
I don’t travel as much as I used to, but when I do, I’m always excited about the conversations that will take places once we board the plane. On every flight, I always find myself surrounded by great people with great stories. Our conversations may start with a simple question about the reason for our trip or some comments about whatever airline we might be flying on but it usually gets more meaningful during the flight.
In fact, I spent an entire flight – from Cleveland to Minneapolis – in conversation with a man in his mid-fifties who had spent more than 20 years in prison. He spoke for a good hour on how he transformed his life and used the resources available to him in prison to complete and further his education. He was on his way to the Pacific Northwest to speak to a group of ex-convicts on the broad subject of life after prison.
I’m not saying this conversation wouldn’t have happened had I been able to use my phone one the plane. It would simply have given me one more reason to avoid the person sitting next to me.
I believe in the power of conversations. I believe that a conversation brings people together in a very unique and meaningful way. Technology provides an incredible opportunity to stay connected, but I’m starting to think that these connections are becoming more and more superficial. A great conversation, even with a stranger changes that.
I’m not asking you to not use your phone on your next flight. I asking you to consider having a conversation with you seat mate. When you do, you’ll quickly realize that through conversations, relationships are formed; knowledge is shared; and, more importantly, life happens and finds meaning.
Be well and make it a great day!