Now, usually when you hear someone talking about this kind of stuff, it's in some context of getting you to be more productive. Perform better. Do more stuff. Contribute more. It can come across as some kind of heavy handed manipulation tactic.
I'm not talking about any of that.
No, what I'm speaking of is so much simpler. Almost, too simple. So simple that we might just miss it if we're not careful.
What I am talking about is being more attentive to those around you, whom God has given you. To whom you've been given. Staying connected. Tuned in. Living in the moment. Listening to the people who are talking to you. Looking them in the eye. Not daydreaming about where you'd rather be or what you'd rather be doing, but being connected with where you are and appreciating it. Appreciating them.
The God of the Bible is known as the Great I Am; not I Was or I Will Be. But I Am. I Is. I Be. Today. Here. Now. I guess this is why people with terminal illnesses often obtain such a clear, razor sharp perspective. They know their time is limited. Time is not a someday or one day, because someday and one day are not promised to them. What they know for certain is that today belongs to them. Today is what they have. And I think that this is where God lives.
Today. I will hear God's voice and not harden my heart.
Today. The day God has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Be. Live. Breath. Connect. Laugh. Love.
Now, I'm gonna go brush my teeth.
...So I think it must be true - that when you pray, you are not starting the conversation from scratch, just remembering to plug back into a conversation that's always in progress.--Anne Lamott, Plan BWhat are some of the things you do to help yourself stay connected? Tuned in? Please share.