Watching Our Steps


“No question modern devices can be hazardous to one’s health and worse, the health of others who have loved ones at home waiting for them.

We’ve seen the amusing when a woman strolling through a mall fell into a fountain, but there’s a darker side to this problem.San Diego, California police are reporting today that a man walked off of the edge at Sunset Cliffs while staring at an electronic device.

While the device isn’t known, it can be guessed to be a cell phone, though a tablet is a possibility. According to what NBC News is reporting,  “Witnesses stated seeing someone distracted by an electronic device and he just fell over the edge”, says San Diego Lifeguard Bill Bender. “(He) wasn’t watching where he was walking, he was looking down at the device in his hands”.” (

What a terrible story and my heart goes out to the family at the loss of a dear loved one. As I read this article I thought about how often my, and others’, attention are glued to a screen. Accidents and tragedies are bound to happen.

I also reflected on the truth of how what’s in our hands, what we possess, or want to, captures our focus and everything else can be lost. We become so transfixed on having, obtaining, grasping, controlling that our path is obscured and indeed we pay the price with our lives and spirits.

What we possess, possesses us. May we each be mindful, choose wisely, live open handed, watchful and not lose all things dear as we walk this path called life.

@BrianLoging (Twitter)



About is a place for sojourners walking this spiritual path called life. - Brian Loging,, is lead writer at tWS. He is also a speaker, author, poet.

Posted on December 27, 2015, in Life and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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