My good friend, Ellen, had a be present moment recently. Ellen is a receptionist for a chiropractor. Earlier this week, I shared with her and a few friends about my 31 day journey of being present. She was at work and wanted to remind herself to be present so she decided to write it on her arm. As she was doing so, her boss came up and started saying something about baseball. “Whatcha writing there?” he asked as she was only half listening. Boom. Caught. Nothing quite like a literal reminder there.
A huge part of being present is taking the time to really listen. No distractions, full attention on the words coming out of the other person’s mouth. Often, I’m guilty of multi-tasking while talking to someone. I really need to stop and just listen. It’s disrespectful, they don’t feel valued and neither task gets my full attention. Fully engaged listening is part of being present. May we slow down enough to realize it’s importance.