Beep. Beep. Beep……
I won’t look… it can wait.
My thoughts immediately wonder… what if it is something important?
The temptation often proves too great and I look at my cell phone to read the text. I can be sitting in a meeting, maybe even lounging with family and I hear it. I am wondering who it is, what is going on, and whether it is something I need to respond to. I am immediately distracted and my attention is immediately divided. Today’s generation of kids – my kids– are a generation that have their cell phones on them at all times…. It is like it is an extra appendage!
Is undivided attention something that is a thing of the past? Do we even remember how to be totally engaged with others anymore?
Where are you?
What are you doing?
Are you focused?
Do you pay attention?
Each moment you are with another, are you engaged?
Are you present?
Are we talking with them and actively listening?
What kind of life are we really living?
Be present NOW.
What does this look like?
It means savoring every moment you have, without being distracted or multitasking. It means that those you are with know you care enough to give them all of your attention. It is being intentional and behaving in ways that show that moments matter.
Every day leaders, intentionally engaging in the moment to make a difference in the lives of others.