Yesterday in Mass, the priest spoke about being present in our lives – trying to focus on what’s happening right now. He spoke about having dinner with a friend and having him order and then leave to go on a conference call. Of walking into the back of another Mass to see someone on Facebook.
In the age of multitasking and workaholics, when do we take time to breathe? Really, honestly, be present? Even as I type this, the tv is on, I’m thinking about my ‘to do’ list for the day, the week, the next month.
Part of the reason I bring this up is because the JA and I went to our annual ‘back to school’ meal (at Stoney River, of course) last night. The fall is really hectic for us normally, and with the wedding thrown into the mix this year, even crazier now. We sat, enjoyed each other’s company, and did our best to be present in the moment. It was really nice to break out of our normal routines and spend some time with each other that wasn’t school or wedding related. We were simply there relishing our food and taking a breath before the first day of classes. (No photos because we were too busy stuffing our faces and cherishing the last few moments of our summertime!)
How do you slow down when things get chaotic?