Friday, September 27, 2019

Slow Down

Checking email while eating breakfast, on social media while watching TV, on the phone (half listening) while tidying up the house.  Sound familiar?

We’re all guilty.  I went for an after-dinner walk last night to enjoy the beautiful weather.  However, my phone was ringing constantly, and I found myself staring at the tiny, artificial screen rather than enjoying the vast beauty of nature before me.

Maybe it’s America’s cultural tendency to go, go, GO.  Maybe it’s social media’s ability to make a fast paced world seem even faster with constant entertainment and instant gratification.  I don’t know why we do this, but I know this perpetual distraction can lead to serious mental clutter.

What if we just ate our breakfast?  What if we just turned on Netflix and enjoyed watching a show?  What if we just gave our mom our full attention during her weekly catch up call?  What if we just took a walk after dinner and left our phone at home?

The world wouldn’t end, our time wouldn’t be wasted, and life would go on (probably with a little more clarity than we’re used to), because there are enough hours in the day.

This week, I challenge you to be present.  Fully present.  Enjoy your family, enjoy your lunch, take a walk, clear your head.  Slow down!