The other day I was meeting with a friend for a coffee. We hadn't seen each other for a bit so we were catching up on our lives, business, kids, etc. We are friends so at first it didn't bother me (much) when she took a call, then responded to a text and kept glancing down at her phone. I realize we are all busy and fabulous multi-taskers, but the encounter with my friend left me feeling a little insecure and hurt.
Can we really listen and communicate effectively when distracted by our devices? I walked away from that coffee feeling not very valued and wondering if I've ever indadvertedly done the same to someone else?
I can't help but wonder, with the demands of & priority we place on technology - What are we missing when we don't focus, even for a few moments, on the live, warm bodies in front of us? I tried not to, but I really did take it personally when my friend felt that her calls & texts were more important and couldn't wait until after our time together....
I'm really thankful for that experience. Like the quote above states - there is always a reason why we meet people... She changed my life that day. I've decided to make a more conscientious effort to BE HERE NOW - focus on the two eyes sitting across from me. I've already noticed a difference in my encounters with my kids, in business meetings, & when on a date!
My challenge to you, focus on whats in front of you - Be Here Now! You will make a difference in that person's life!
Happy New Year!
Community Commerce Leader, Author, Speaker, Nutrition & Fitness Coach
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