Guest Post: Lisa Salinger

Pushing Buttons

Am I losing my mind-The other day, my iPhone lost its mind. There was, at the time, no other rational explanation. Of course, this happened at the worst possible time. I was on my way to exhibit with Mel for BlindAlive, and all of a sudden, my iPhone started talking to itself.

Yes, I know, it does that all the time. Text messages, weather alerts, and the occasional game notification cause my phone to be far more chatty than your average inanimate object.

This time, however, my phone wasn’t just saying things…. it was doing things, or at least it was trying. It would attempt to unlock itself, then inform itself that the incorrect passcode was entered. It would do this repeatedly until I was locked out of my phone. I teach the intricacies of iOS to others, so I knew many ways to make this little problem go away, except that nothing worked. I toggled VoiceOver on and off many times, performed a variety of resets, and powered my phone off and on a handful of times.


I thought a newly updated app could be the problem, so I temporarily removed it. Then, it seemed the problem only happened when I moved a certain way. I had the phone clipped to me, and suspected a problem with the proximity sensor. I was a little proud of myself for thinking of that one, to be honest, except that I was wrong.

I have no doubt that some of you have figured out my issue, and have likely done so from the beginning. The culprit was my Bluetooth keyboard. Normally, this sits innocently on a shelf. I use it when I need to post a large piece of text that won’t work well with dictation, and I use it when I’m teaching some iOS lessons. However, I brought it with me, figuring that if a little technology was good, then more was better.


The keyboard had accidentally gotten switched on, so I spent the whole day thinking my phone was acting very strangely when in fact, it was responding to input just as it should. It turns out that I was the problem. I was completely unaware of forces outside myself that were affecting my phone.

This leads me to my question, and to the point of this story: What is pushing your buttons without your knowledge? Is it a friend or family member who tries to sabotage your efforts to live a healthier life? Maybe you allow TV or other media to decide how long you will stay up, so there’s no way that morning workout will happen? Once you’re aware, getting the button-pushing to stop is easy. For me, finding the actual problem was far more challenging than was merely flipping the switch to make it stop.

Your way forward might be a bit harder. It might involve difficult conversations with yourself or others, or it might mean re-examining your priorities. In any case, I hope you’ll find that getting to the root of the problem will get rid of a lot of needless distress.

What pushes your buttons, and what ways have you found to fix it? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Published by Stephanae

👩🏾‍🦯 | INTJ | HSP | Collector of knowledge | Alpaca Fanatic “If I stop to kick every barking dog, I am not going to get where I'm going.” ~Jackie Joyner-Kersee Hi, I'm Steph! I'm a highly sensitive proud introvert and a recovering people-pleaser. These traits or quirks used to bother me because I always felt out of place until I began a recent process of self-acceptance. While I'm still a work in progress, I view my quirks as my superpowers and am grateful that they contribute to who I am today.

13 thoughts on “Guest Post: Lisa Salinger

  1. When they were younger, it was my children who pushed my buttons. I mean, they literally pushed my buttons, my telephone, my computer, the TV remote fifty times a second. It could get a little irritating.

  2. It’s amazing how people let their computers, I Phones, and tablets,etc. run their lives. I always feel I don’t spend enough time on the computer; how wonderful it is to know that I don’t.

  3. The computer is such a struggle for me because while I have a natural knack for learning how to use new software and I love so many programs I use, it’s draining. I keep forgetting how long it takes me to do the things I used to do and I’ll find myself so engrossed that other activities take a back seat. All of this causes so much anxiety I’ve decided that I need to get some assistance so that I can delegate responsibilities to be more effective. It is very encouraging to hear that solutions like yours are working and I’m striving to get there to have a more balanced life. Thanks for sharing Lynne <3

  4. Lovely post. My computer started to control my life, it consumed me to the point I was not doing the things that were important to me, my family were taking a back seat, my gym was just not getting done, and that did not make me a happy person. I now have a solution to the problem, I have had to limit the times I spend on my computer, and it has been great as I feel I am getting my life back again. x

  5. Sadly, I rarely get to come online, so when I do I stay for long time. I can’t call myself a addict of computers or cellphones. I tend to skip them so much. Love the post though, it’s funny and awesome to read.

  6. That’s a great solution. I get lost on my computer as well and I’ve been trying not to log on during the weekend but I allow for some flexibility for those days during the week when just the thought of logging on sends me into a panic.

  7. Great post. One of my issues is that I tend to let the computer determine when I go to bed. I’ll log on and read emails, FB, posts, and then play games. Pretty soon, it’s 1am and I didn’t even realize it. My solution is to not allow myself to log on after 10pm. Seems to work, when I follow my plan. 😉

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