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Jim Elliot said, “Wherever you are, be all there.” I’m having a hard time being really present anywhere lately if I’m honest. Tim Challies wrote an amazing article in Leadership Journal called “Here and There”, in talking about technology he says he see’s two challenges to presence, to being there in a digital world. ”First, our technologies try to convince me that I can be there even when I remain here, that my presence can be transported through bits, bytes, and pixels, that the essence of who I am can exist on a screen.” Second, the digital world, with all its attractions and distractions, hinders me from being fully here, fully present in life’s best times and places.”
He goes on to tell a hilarious story of being at a mall when one of those trendy flash mobs broke out. Challies writes, “When I see a video of a flash mob, I always find it fascinating to watch the audience and to see how many of them are experiencing the event through their mobile phones. Instead of living fully in the moment, enjoying the power of the music without distraction, they go digging in purses or pockets to find their phones and then watch it all unfold through a three-inch glowing rectangle.
I want to yell, “You’re missing the performance! It’s right there, and instead of enjoying it, your phone is making you miss it!”
Oh, I can relate! Earlier this week the kids were busy tying their bikes to the little kids’ Cozy Coupes with pink string of all things, and then whipping them around the neighborhood! It was a riot watching this whole thing unfold. But to be honest I spent more time trying to video it on instagram (did you know you need to HOLD DOWN the video button while filming?!?) and I missed out on most of the fun. I gotta stop living my life through the 3 inch screen and being more present. Challis again writes, ” We have to train ourselves to be here, to be fully engaged, to live in the moment, to live undistracted. Wherever you are, your devices can cause your mind, your attention to shut off, to turn away, to disappear. "Learn to be all here while you're here."
So that’s heavy. Let talk today’s Mom Tip shall we? Dave jokes with me that I enjoy purchasing organizing “stuff” rather than actually organizing anything. Anybody? Anybody? I love those Real Simple grocery lists you are supposed to stick on your refrigerator, but don’t actually use them. I found this free download on Pinterest and am giving it a go this week. Seems like an easy way to organize both your grocery list and your what to make for dinner list.
Here goes nothing… And if you’d like access to Mom Tips you may have missed… follow me on Pinterest!
On another note, my awesome hometown made the list of America’s Prettiest Towns! It is a beautiful place, that Holland Michigan.