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Always be present and never miss the moment.
It’s funny how simple that is in theory, but it seems that especially in today’s digital age we are always distracted and our minds and thoughts somewhere else besides wherever we actually are.
I am a very true example of this. I am after all a very “digital” girl. I always say it. It’s a passion of mine – emerging technology. I am always needing to be connected, always afraid to miss something going on elsewhere, always looking for more and more information or entertainment – so much so that many times I do miss the moment. I miss the brilliance of the time I get to spend with those who matter most, my friends and loved ones, my work when it drives my passion. I miss the magical moments that life gives us like the sun shining down on my skin, the rain on my face during a shower, the way a candle flame dances with the shadows.
If we can remember just once in a while – just now and again – to put down the cellphone, stop playing games or reading our emails and texts, step away from the computer and just ‘be’ where we are in that moment. If we can really be there and really see where we are – even if it’s a difficult moment – an impossible moment like the loss of love, loved one, health or anything that causes pain – we can learn from it… we can grow from it. We can “become”.
But to “become” we have to first “be” there… and really see it.
Watch this wonderful (yes, it will take 30 precious minutes out of your day) video of Arianna Huffington at Wisdom 2.0 where she speaks to what really should drive our measurements of personal success.
A great quote by Iain Thomas that Arianna Huffington mentions in this video rings so true:
“And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, “This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This is what’s important.” ― Iain Thomas