Each minute of every day, we have communication right there in our pocket (or in my case, a Henri Bendel handbag).
From texts to calls, our phones never cease to ring, beep, or buzz. We receive social media alerts, Tweets, and comments. Since it’s so easy to get a hold of one another, people sometimes forget that we all have our own lives, obligations, and self care to attend to. It’s not necessary to respond to everything we receive right away.
In this day and age, it’s crucial to take the time to go “off the grid” to focus on what’s right there in front of you. Whether it’s spending face time with friends and family, reading a book, or enjoying time in nature, it’s so important to put down the phone and be in the moment. Embracing what is right in front of you is what life is all about.
You don’t owe anyone an explanation as to why it took you a few hours to respond, nor do you need to feel obligated to check your Facebook feed every hour. It’s important to remember that life is happening around us every minute, and although the virtual world can be fun (and important for staying in touch with our loved ones), being mindful and in the moment is the greatest gift of all.
So, put down your iPhone and do something that takes you back to your childlike joy.