We have a tendency of busying ourselves with the business of being busy.
Smart phones, tablets, computers of every incarnation, et al. fill our every moment with distractions. Despite all these ways of connecting, we still have a lingering desire to connect with others that remains unsatisfied.
Lately, I have fallen prey to the same. Last night, we were finishing up decorating the Christmas tree, and I was busying myself with my latest obsession on the computer. Despite familial beckoning (my daughter physically grabbing my arm), I remained wired to the computer but disconnected from the family.
In hindsight, the older I get, the more I realize the moral for being is connecting with others. More often than not that means being physically and mentally present. Being on the computer or watching TV in the same room doesn’t qualify.
How do you truly connect then, in a meaningful way? I’ve often wondered.
You hear popular notions of connecting, but the one definition that holds me captive each time I read it is I Corinthians 13.
December 23, 2010
The present of presence
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