Have you ever been in a conversation with someone, engaged in small talk, discussed one or two different topics, and shared a few ideas only to notice that they constantly look down at their phone, tablet, or gadget? As those fingers fidget, they fully disengage as they launch into a (better?) brand new conversation, leaving you standing there like a second fiddle...
I think that we've all been there, realizing that we, too, have regrettably ignored the person in front of us to take that call, text, or e-mail instead of remaining in dialogue...
Yes, it's easy to get distracted with all our smart stuff—so easy to miss out on the moment when we're constantly living for the next moment. Ironically, our society is so in love with devices that are supposed to help us to better connect to people! Hmmm....
My encouragement today is to remember the person right in front of you (even if it's a little person!), and remember that our kids are watching us and will pick up our communication style and habits by the example we set.
Yes, when it comes to technology, I think that the real challenge is to strike that fine balance, and use technology in such a way that doesn't undermine the beauty of dialogue and face to face contact that's such a vital part of our well-being.
We've talked about teaching our children to communicate, to concentrate on the person in front of them, to notice their gestures, facial expressions, tone of voice—that sort of thing. That's part of being in the moment, and part of a skill set that our kids really need as they go into adulthood.
Stay faithful! Keep teaching—and stay in the moment!