“There is one thing we can do, and the happiest people are those who can do it to the limit of their ability. We can be completely present. We can be all here. We can…give all our attention to the opportunity before us.” – Mark Van Doren quoted in, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity by David Allen
We live in a very hectic world these days. Between work, family, and all the other things of life there is not a lot of down time. With technology we are always connected to others by voice, text, e-mail and social media.
Something is always screaming for our attention!!
I recently attended a training session at work. Although it was not a requirement or needed most of my co-workers brought their laptops. As I looked around some where doing work, while others were catching up on facebook or Instant Messaging. Very few were paying attention to the instructor.
Our lack of presence also has a detrimental effect on our relationships. Last June, Janice and I went out to dinner to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. I looked around the restaurant and I was amazed how many people were on their smart phones completely ignoring the people they were with.
It sounds great but we really are not created to be multi-taskers. We are more effective when we are fully present and give all our attention to where we are at the moment.
Moments are fleeting so make sure you are fully present for every one. (Tweet This)
Learn to be present. Be fully engaged in the moment without distraction. Be present for your relationships. Be present for your work. Be present for you.
I leave you with this:
Last year Regi Campbell posted on his blog this challenge:
” For the next 7 days, in every conversation you’re in, “feel” the other person. Be fully present. Watch their eyes. Listen to their heart as well as their words. Don’t think about what you’re going to say. Don’t think about how you can help them with their problem. Don’t think about how to “fix” them. Just “feel” them.”
Your voice is important; I would love to hear from you.
What do you need to work on to be fully present?