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Sunday, August 24, 2014

I see you....



Just saw this on Elephant Journal and it really made me stop and think.  As I have re-evaluated my life this past year, I know that I've been guilty of looking at people, but never really seeing them. I'm learning to slow down and connect. Look people in the eyes as I ask them how they are today. Stop and listen with my whole being and just exist in the moment. Keeping my phone in my pocket and all of my attention focused on that person. I think we need to do more of this on a daily basis, until it becomes a part of who we are as a people. We need to turn off the phones, tablets, computers, and televisions. We need to appreciate the silence, the moments, the here and now, and engage in LIFE!

Your thoughts???

15 comments:

  1. I agree! I spent 10 days totally unplugged visiting my mom in Alaska. I did check in with my husband by phone as he did not travel with me. It was very nice!

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  2. PS. As a fellow Michigan lover, your header is gorgeous

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  3. I admit I dink around on my phone instead of really listening to people. I misplaced my phone for several hours yesterday and I had a hard time for a couple of hours. But I realized that I need to put down my technology more and focus on those I'm with. They won't be around forever. Thank you for the reminder!

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  4. We have a rule in our house ... and when we are out at restaurants ... no phones out ... period. :)

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  5. Yes! One of the finest gifts I've given myself is to slow down, connect more fully with nature (and people), and to prioritize. I rarely know what is happening in the national news these days because I don't watch much TV, and honestly, I'm so much happier!

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  6. Slow down and connect... yes, I need to do that, too. Nice to see you back, Staci!

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  7. Sometimes I think I see too much, when I want to. Made my last two specialist docs very nervous for some reason during the office visits. Made me think I need more experienced docs. Sometimes when we are out, my husband tells me, "Don't stare." At other times, I'm oblivious to all around me. . But at least I don't take out my cell phone without really needing to.

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  8. It's so peaceful when you unplug too.

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  9. Hate cell phones. If I didn't need it for work, I wouldn't have one. I think its more than technology that has created this disconnect though. We are all filling up our lives with so much activity, running here and there, that its hard to slow down and appreciate what's around us on a day to day level.

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  10. I'm so glad to see you back in the blog world. I've missed you. I understand your need to slow down and applaud you for it.

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  11. Very true! I can't tell you how often I'm sitting at the dinner table with the hubby and my son and realize that each of us is on our phones or tablets. Kind of defeats the purpose of having family dinner! Trying to work on that with my family. I'm much better about being more attentive to others.

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  12. agreed. too many moments pass us by as it is.

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  13. My phone died and I felt off for the two days I didn't have one. I realized how sad it was that I'd become so dependent on it. I'm trying to prioritize better.

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  14. Yes! I've been away from my blog for over a month and while I miss posting (and I will get back to it, now that I'm almost caught up on my reviews!), I've enjoyed the down time to relax and read. The weather has been so lovely and I know it won't be long before the snow flies. My porch/deck sitting days are coming to a close for another season, I'm afraid. Oh, wait! It's only early September! I shouldn't have to worry about snow for another 3 months, right?

    And now to step away from my computer and go read before I get too sleepy.

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  15. As a retiree in a small city, I sometimes miss the hustle and bustle of a big city, and seeing a great variety of people and places. I'm a big city fan I'm afraid....

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