Friday, February 24, 2017

Being Present in the Moment

Today's prompt for #LoveBlog is "past, present, and future." When I first read the prompt, I immediately thought of Scrooge and the ghosts that visit him in the classic holiday story. Then, my mind started thonking about how someone should do a Valentine's version of that story. Then, I realized I was getting distracted and I decided to come back to the prompt and to use my distraction as inspiration. Today, I'm going to share how I try to stay present in the moment so that I don't miss out on the special little things that happen.


I have a little challenge for you. It involves being a bit more observant. The next time that you're out to eat, I want you to take a look around and see how many people are engrossed in their phone even with someone else sitting at the table. (You get a free pass in my book to be on your phone if you're dining alone.)

Why do I bring this up? I wanted to mention this because I've noticed a growing trend of families going out to eat and everyone - parents and kids - spending time on their electronics rather than being present in the moment. It makes me wonder whatever happened to family meal time and discussion. The nose in devices trend is one that I hope to avoid when our son gets older. (Right now it's all sleep, eat, and potty...)

Here are a few goals I have for the future that will hopefully help me be present in the moments that we spend as a family:

1. No electronics at the dinner table.

2. Spend time each week unplugged from my phone and social media.

3. Make family time a regular thing that doesn't always revolve around technology.

I know these may seem idealistic and that you may be rolling your eyes and saying "Just watch - you'll cave more than you think." This may or may not be true, but I'm allowed to dream and plan and hope that things turn out the way I'd like.

Our days as a family around the dinner table aren't here yet (unless nursing counts as a dinner table). So, in the meantime, I'd love to hear how you try to stay present in the moment.


1 comment:

  1. Ha, nursing should count as a dinner table!

    Dan and I get lazy about watching TV or being on our phones during dinner. It just doesn't bother me much because we spend SO much time together talking.

    When we have kids, though, I definitely want to limit their screen time. I want our kids to learn to entertain themselves without screens. Plus, screen time should be a special treat (or a last-minute desperate effort for distraction during stressful public situations).

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