Recently, I shared an evening meal with the coordinators of the staff retreat. At the meal, the table was perfectly set—rolls, salads, water, china, cutlery and technology. And at each place setting resting next to the dessert was a Blackberry (not the edible kind), placed with loving care by the occupant of the chair. The meal proceeded. Nibble on the salad, check the Blackberry. Sip the soup, check the Blackberry. And so it went from course to course, bits and bytes between the bits and bites.
At a luncheon, I return from the buffet table to find my lunch companions simultaneously engaged in the Blackberry Prayer—scrolling and typing under the table.