Self care Posted on Nov 27, 2023 by Susan Sparks


This “break-up letter” was the opening to my sermon “Dear Verizon . . . ” about things/people that deflect us from what is important and take up way too much valuable time and space in our lives. Watch the full sermon here.


Dear Verizon (or Apple or whoever):

I need you to know . . .  it’s over. The time has come for us to part ways and take some space.

I know it will be painful. We’ve been together for a long time – ever since Steve Jobs introduced us. And we’ve had some good times. But sadly, things have changed. You changed. Or maybe it was me. I don’t know. Whatever it was – I can’t go on like this anymore.

You’re so demanding of my time. I can’t get a moment to myself. Every second from when I wake up until I go to bed, you’re glued by my side. When I try to draw even the tiniest boundary, you just sit there, glowing at me from across the room with this scarily addictive gravitational field that drags me back.

It feels like you own my whole life at this point. You keep my calendar, you have my credit cards, you organize the list of ALL my friends and contacts. You now control what I read, tell me what I should buy, dictate what I wear, what music I should listen to, what restaurants I should patron, what movies I should watch, what celebrities I must follow.

It’s all about YOU.

I don’t even remember who I was before we met. What did I even do before I scrolled? What did I like to do before you took over and told me what I liked to do?

I could go on, but I won’t. It’s time.

Good luck to you, Verizon. I wish you well. And I hope your Black Friday sales go well. Susan