Presence Is A Gift

Distractions are not new, they are simply closer at hand. Literally in our hand. The information age is a wonderfully thing. Unfortunately, it is also a terrible thing. 

Time meant to be spent with people, turns quickly into time looking up the best recipe, as someone asks a simple question and a room full of phones come out to look it up.

And just like that, conversations stop. Few, if any, are still engaged in the moment. 

It is important to take time to reboot our mindset of having connection and information immediately. Disciplining ourselves to not need to know what is happening every minute. To not feel obligated to every buzz, ring and notification does not come easy. But the satisfying feeling of a genuine, face to face conversation makes you want more of that.

This holiday season give yourself the gift of being fully present. Listen to the stories old people tell. There is so much in it for you. Listen to children carry on about a favorite gift. Savor the flavors of the season.

The satisfaction you will feel is worth far more than keeping up with internet trends and videos.

By Laura

Laura S. Tarasoff is poet, writer, explorer, and believer in people. Laura lives on Whidbey Island, Washington. Whenever she can she walks the beach looking for agates, hoping for whale sightings, or takes on the splendor of the eagles and hawks filling the prairie sky. She enjoys a terrific burger, a rolling laugh, and getting to know people.Laura hopes that her words will bring hope and encouragement to get through the hardest parts of life.

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