*Today’s post is a classic hit from 2016. Although Garrett is driving now, I feel fortunate he’s also started taking walks with me around the lake. We enjoy every moment.*
Wonderful son, Garrett and I were sitting in Starbucks the other day, sipping our coffee drinks and munching on crumb cake, when he mentioned “We’re the only ones in here not using tech.”
I looked up from my nibbles to see he was absolutely right. Everyone there besides us, minus the employees, was busy on their phone, tablet or laptop. There were a couple of ladies using a laptop to Skype with another friend of their’s, but basically we were the only people there simply savoring the moment.
How often does that even happen anymore?
How often do you see people passing the time without a device in their hand?
How much life do people miss because they’re lost behind a screen?
Now, I’m not trying to say all screens are bad all the time because that would be ridiculous. The technological advancements of our day have enabled us to do things faster and more efficiently than we could have ever dreamed of. Stranded on the side of the road? Not for long, thanks to the cell phone. Need directions? The GPS is a freaking god-send. Want to catch up with a far-away friend? FaceBook or Skype to the rescue!
Yes, technology is wonderful sometimes, but I can’t help but think if we’re not missing out on the real juice of life because we’re so busy planning, plotting and tuning in to what’s ahead that we lose track of the simple gift of being Present. (Remember? Yes, you ARE a gift )
Savor the moment
As Garrett and I continued to sip our coffee drinks, I tried to let time just
for a little while.
You see, Garrett will be 16 in just a few weeks and I know there will come a time in the not-too-distant future when he’ll be busy. Hopefully not too busy to still find some quality time to spend with his mom, but yes, I know he’ll be busy planning, plotting and tuning in to what’s ahead. He won’t stay my little boy forever and that’s okay. I want him looking forward to a happy, healthy, successful life, while still appreciating the time he has living in the present.
In the meantime, while we sat there together, sipping our coffee drinks and enjoying the last of our nibbles, I thought of something Elizabeth Gilbert said in her latest book Big Magic…
“The more lightly you can pass the time, the brighter your existence becomes.”
Time well spent
So, instead of wasting those precious minutes worrying about time and how fast my son’s growing, I sat and tuned in to the happiness, savoring every moment, basking in the glorious feeling of time well spent.
That little detail made all the difference in our time together. *deep sigh of satisfaction*
What do you think, my friendly blog reader?
How have you been spending your time?
What details are you noticing?
I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments below.
p.s. If you know of someone else who could use a dose of inspiration (especially with all the craziness overwhelming our attention these days) please feel free to share this website with them. Together, we can be a Current of Inspiration out into the world. Regular people can make a difference, especially when we work together! xoxo
p.p.s. If you’re looking for someone to help you unwrap the gift of your Presence, I’d love to hear from you.