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I was standing in my apartment when, feeling frustrated at everything, I threw my phone down. I picked it back up and saw the screen was cracked in half, where it briefly flicked on and off before it finally going black. In that moment all my anger, which had been building up for days, seeped out of me. I felt my body relax. I was free.

I had been feeling this undercurrent of anger all week and a lot of it was directed at my phone. I realized how aggressive I had been with this poor, abused Samsung. I was chucking it on the counter, tossing it recklessly into my bag. I think I even yelled at it once or twice (I live alone so I can get away with this). It wasn’t the phone itself causing me grief — in fact, for all I had done to it, it worked surprisingly well — but there was something about the phone that was triggering me. I didn’t realize what it was until I saw the Android breathe its last electronic breath: this phone had held my brain hostage. It had been a tyrant, reigning over my mind so much that I felt alienated from my own opinions and beliefs. …


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I was training a long-term client — let’s call her Susan — and asked about her week. “Well, I didn’t make it into the gym at all,” she said, looking guilty. “I was lazy.”

Lazy. Adjective: “An unwillingness to work, showing a lack of care or effort.” …

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