There comes a time when you just learn to be present, in the here and now, and let everything else fall away!
In today’s world it feels as though each person wears 100 hats a day. From parent, worker, student, partner or spouse, soccer mom, non-profit volunteer to writer, baker, mail man etc. The list of labels and roles could go on FOREVER!
With this growing list of “jobs” which take up our time, it seems as though we are more and more expected to be in multiple places at the same time. We are meant to multi-task and get it all done while looking fabulous and being “present” in everything we do.
This feels so unrealistic.
Over the last 10 days, I have put down the Facebook & Twitter (most the time), My blog, and other electronic distractions to be more present in each activity I am experiencing! Rather than capturing a picture to post or a memory to “share” I have let go of the constant updates and the who is doing what “feed” to try and get more present in the lives of those I know. This has allowed me to not only be more present in the lives of those I care about, but also in the relationships I have with my job, my spouse, and my school work.
I have read mean articles about what getting rid of your Facebook can do for you and not that I was skeptical at all, but I had to try it for myself.
Granted, nothing huge changed. I just noticed I was able to focus on one action at a time, rather than trying to always do more than one thing at a time. I found I did things better and more thoroughly. I also noticed I had more time to do other things because I was more effective at what I was doing. I made to go to the lookout point with some friends, talk on the phone to my God-Father and write a letter to someone I hadn’t talked to in a few years.
These things were small, but when added up, I spent 10 hours of time doing things which meant something to me, rather than spending time doing more than one thing at a time (like working and checking my Facebook, or tweeting in class). By doing less, I actually did it better and had more time in the end.
So how can you be more present or single-focused? Yes it is hard, but well worth it!