Are you the type of person who lives in the moment, or do you try to live in several moments at once? Of course, this cannot be done effectively. I mentioned during a recent post that I went on a cruise. Sure there were tons of activities to do, but the moments I enjoyed most were those where I was 100% present.
Often, our physical body is in one place, but our mind is in another place altogether. Whether you’re at work thinking about what you want to do during the weekend, or at home, thinking about what you want to accomplish at work.
Have you ever been out to dinner with your family, but spent your time answering emails, texting, or worse, on social networks? I have been guilty of that too at some point.
If you catch yourself in that situation, STOP. Take the time instead to be truly present in the moment. If it is important enough to be present physically, then it is important enough to be there mentally.
If you are around other people, what message are you sending when you are mentally somewhere else? What kind of withdrawal are you making in the relationship bank account?
Be present in the moment, no matter how many other responsibilities are calling your attention elsewhere. Put your priorities where you are physically and you may be surprised what can come out of it.
A more enriched relationship
Deeper personal connections
Get to truly understand the person fully
Immense deposits into the relationship
If you are at work, but your mind is elsewhere, how productive can you truly be? It is said that multitasking is not as effective as focusing your attention on one thing at a time.
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The same is true if you are at work, but not focused. Give your attention and energy to the task at hand and reap the rewards.
Increase your market value to your company
The point is, wherever you are, BE THERE.
Take part in the conversation.
It was moments such as those when I took in the scene of the ocean lapping the ship, or watching my kids having a ball on the water slides that I will cherish. The conversations my family and I had over a meal were my favorites. No distractions, no electronics.
When I asked my kids what their favorite part was, they told me, “all the family time”.
Be there in every moment. You may be surprised in what you’ll discover.
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