Life Lessons from an Old Man in a Coffee Shop

I’m learning to keep my iPhone at arms’s length. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, but more and more, I’m seeing the downside to digital distractions and social media. Part of the reason for this epiphany is due to an old man I met at Starbucks.

Walk into most any coffee shop today and take a good look around. What you’ll likely notice is the ubiquity of faces transfixed by glowing screens.

Before my recent retirement, I often visited Starbucks each morning with my work associates. Without fail, the majority of patrons were distracted with their smart phones, tablets and laptops. I remember one guy at the register, lost in his cell phone text messages.

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