Americans as a whole are challenged by being fully “present.” We tend to value quantity over quality. We find ourself looking for more before we have fully embraced what we have. We often settle for skimming the surface of something…say Twitter, Facebook, or emails…instead of seeking to fully understanding. Rather than seeking to deeply engage with those around us, we find our minds wandering to what we need to accomplish, how we are going to respond, or what we are doing next.
Being present is an art. It is a gift to those around us. But mostly it is an act of generosity to ourselves. When we are present we don’t miss the moments that escape us when we are distracted. We take in sights, smells, sounds, memories that will add color and sparkle to our lives. Don’t let life slip by. Challenge yourself to be present. Awake. Engaged. Alive.