Apr 24 2014
Yesterday this concept was illustrated to me while I was picking up our grandson after kindergarten–all day kindergarten, a long time for little boys to be held hostage in a classroom. I was standing outside so Charlie could see my face when he exited the classroom, always very important, and another little boy saw his father, shrieked and ran up to him. The father didn’t even look up. He was consumed with whatever bit of gossip was on his smart phone. The little boy wondered where his mommy was, and the father, while never looking up, explained that she was sick and he was picking him up. The little boy clambered for his father’s attention and finally the father looked away from his phone and said, “Let’s hurry up and go, son.”
Life hurries past us and as we grow more mature there is more on our plates and the days zoom by. If you are not here now you will miss your life, and if you’re the parent of small children, you will miss their childhood.
Live in the present moment is the second step of The Way. It is important that you learn the art of living in the moment. Modern life tries to steal your moments away with technology. I always chuckle when I see a family out for dinner and everyone is on their phones. No one is conversing. I wonder if they text each other while sitting at the table.
Technology is here to stay, but you don’t have to let it steal your moments. Strive to live in the moment as you move and flow through this day and remember that this day will never come again.