Hi, I’m your average Lubavitch high school girl and I would like to share with you my journey of gevurah and personal Geulah regarding technology. Gevurah is all about power, resistance, and strength.
Since we are in the time of sefira and nearing Shavuos, I feel that this is an appropriate time to discuss this topic.
Although Gevurah is only one of the sefiros, it is one that I have worked on and continue to work on in my day-to-day life.
My story goes as follows:
I had a smartphone for a couple of years. I would describe it as my best friend and consequently, my worst enemy.
Then came the pandemic and I found myself spending hours on my device. First, it was just on Zoom, but then came the endless free time. I felt grim regardless of the fact that I had a filter and was protected from the worst. The bad feeling was just the emotional part. There was physical pain too! Pain in my hand and fingers.
Besides that, I went to sleep late, sometimes very late. Needless to say, the next morning and even the rest of the day was wrecked.
So after much thought and internal Gevurah, I made a life-changing decision and I returned my smartphone back to my parents. I went to the nearest phone shop and purchased a flip phone. I completely turned my life around and for once, I felt free. Free from the claws of the internet and free from my smartphone. I had experienced a personal geulah.
As time passes, I am seeing incredible results. Getting rid of my smartphone has led me to go to sleep earlier and sleep better. This decision has helped me become a happier and healthier person both physically and spiritually.
Another advantage of getting rid of my smartphone is that I have found that I have been spending much more time reading and spending time with my family. This journey is definitely a road that I will travel the rest of my life because one can only acquire this path if they work on themself. I am so thankful to Hashem that I’m not tied down to a thin square piece of glass and that I am unbound from the chains of a smartphone.
I used to think that it was impossible to get rid of it and make the big switch, but it can be done. I am very proud that I have come far and made this decision which changed everything. I take one day at a time but I hope to keep my self-implemented commitment. I’m sure you can do it too…