You didn’t push the elevator button. You thought you did but you didn’t. You were answering an email instead. Your mind and eyes were somewhere else, distracting you from the present.
Pushing the elevator button is just one example of the things we do without thinking.
Ironically, our devices wake up to the unlit button. But they’re also the reason we forget pushing the button in the first place.
Distraction is a two-way street.
The screen allows us to see and communicate with the world. In the case of elevator, it can wake up us from our own conscious automata, yet it blinds us from seeing what’s close.
Now that screens are the primary way we view the world, maybe it’s time to wake up and use our other senses.
If you don’t hear the ding, look up and push the elevator button.