I purchased a book for the boys called “365 days of One Question a Day.” I thought it would be a fun way to look back on their thoughts and responses a few years down the road. Graham loves to look at family videos and reflect back on the past, so I figured this would be a great way to remember their likes/dislikes/thoughts on things as they grow up. Of course when I added this to my Amazon cart, a recommendation for the book “365 days of Questions for Couples” came up and I thought, “James will just love this” and added it to my cart. James, now that I have your attention, you have about 87 pages to fill out in the book :)
As I was reading the book one day, this question was typed on the page, “If you could go back to any time period, when would it be?” Initially my thoughts went right to the 1700’s, to some fantasy version of that time period with big skirts, horses, beautiful countryside, and of course knights in shining armor. Upon the realization that this version of the 1700’s may be skewed thanks to one too many romance novels, I realized it may be the wrong choice. That thought, coupled with the fact that I’m rather found of hot showers, hygiene, and Target was when I realized I needed to reevaluate. Within a few seconds the true answer came clearly to me. The nineties. No, not the 1790’s, the 1990’s. Was it my love of grunge fashion or Saved by the Bell that led me to choose this time period? No. It was the realization that something didn’t exist back then…smartphones. I realized that I wanted to go back to a time where smartphones didn’t exist, where people gave you eye contact, where friends called you up on a landline to talk for hours and when entertainment was found by interacting with people rather than screens.
The more I thought about my frustration with smartphones, the more I realized my annoyance was misdirected. The phone is just an inanimate object, it doesn’t make me pick it up, although it has programmed most of us quite well with a Pavlovian response to those alert bells. While the addictive nature to the phone was what frustrated me, I realized that In many ways our business is successful because of smart phones, because of social media, because we can constantly connect with our customers and answer questions any time of day. I realized that we are so fortunate to have this ability to reach out to thousands of people. Smart phones can make you feel disconnected to some, but in other ways, if used properly, they allow us to connect with people we otherwise couldn’t or wouldn’t. The more I think about it, the more I realize that the backbone of Box Bistro is the existence of this technology. Being able to provide a service where with just a few clicks on that screen you can order healthy meals delivered to your location of choice. In many ways, I realized we are fortunate to have this technology and that my problem wasn’t exactly with the phone, more the user, myself included. I recognized I can have the best of both worlds if I make the effort. I can have the person to person connection that I crave from the past and the convenience and opportunity that comes with the current technology as well. If I make the choice to find the balance, it can exist.
Cheers to making the present exactly what we want it to be!