A friend (JA) and I were talking last week about living in the moment. She has several friends who recently made a commitment to live fully into whatever they are doing at the time.
No distractions by thoughts of doing other things while accomplishing a task.
No wandering thoughts while someone is speaking.
No checking phones at the dinner table.
No answering phones while shopping or while talking with others.
Avoid engaging in things we used to see as rude, those things that have become so much a part of what we do these days.
David Rock, author of Your Brain at Work, sites studies that show a dramatic drop in IQ when we attempt to multi-task. (So, besides being rude, we also become dumb? Wow.)
JA and I began our topic of living in the moment by my confession of nearly burning the house down two or three weeks ago. I put sugar-water on the stove to boil (yes, making sweet tea, honey!). I promptly left the kitchen, busied myself on my laptop, and forgot all about the sugar-water.
Beep!!!! Beep!!!! Beep!!!! Beep!!!! Beep!!!! Beep!!!!
As I rounded the kitchen corner, I imagined flames reaching the ceiling. Relief washed over me when I saw it was only smoke. Thick, billowing, black smoke.
HH and I quickly opened windows and doors, turned off the alarm, and removed the smoking pot of black char out to the porch.
Did you know sugar-water will continue to boil through all the candy stages, and if you don’t turn off the heat, it continues to expand and burn until it resembles a mounded hunk of charcoal? Now. We. Know.
What lessons did I learn from that particular experience?
- Live in the moment. Pay attention only to the task at hand until it is complete.
- Don’t allow distraction from electronics.
- Humble myself and ask for my spouse’s forgiveness for this little thing like burning down our entire house. :-/
Besides making dumb mistakes, lack of focus keeps us from truly enjoying the things we do, the people we spend time with, and it dulls our senses to the blessings of life itself.
Each day is a gift from the Lord. Live fully and gratefully the gift of each moment by rejoicing in it…enjoying it…savoring it…without distraction.
It’s a spectacular Sunday, y’all. Let’s live fully today and worship our Lord with gladness and thanksgiving, with full attention and without distraction.