With every beep, ding, buzz and fancy ringtone there is out there – silence is the most precious one that people are in need of.
We live in a society where it’s not only about our teens and youth that have their smartphones sewn into the palm of their hands – so do their parents.
A question I frequently ask to my audiences is, “What is the very first thing you do when you wake up? Go to the bathroom? Brush your teeth? Or check your cell phone for messages, emails, texts – etc….” I think you all know the answer to that one.
Digital distractions have literally taken over the majority of many peoples lives. Again, we have to stop labeling this as a teen thing because adults are equally as guilty. Go to a restaurant, mall, airport, or any other area — including walking on a sidewalk, and chances are people are glancing at their devices – if not texting and walking.
New York Times best selling author, Rachel Macy Stafford just released her latest book, Hands Free Life: 9 Habits for Overcoming Distraction, Living Better and Loving Life.
No is telling you to get rid of your gadgets, it’s about finding that digital balance in your life. Small adjustments — can change you a lot!
Washington Post spoke with Rachel about her latest book. In the article she said:
“When I was starting to scale back on all the commitments and distractions in my life, I realized there was internal distraction that was really preventing me from living in the moment and finding joy.” See? Less = more.
In a recent interview she gave to Huffington Post, Rachel says:
We are so tied to our devices and our need to be “busy” that we have forgotten how to be still, how to be alone with our thoughts, what to do if our hands are empty. But the hands-free approach to life provides practical, doable ways to overcome it.
It’s the simple facts of life, there is a life outside of your digital connections. It’s your real-life. Until you take the time to seriously want to be part of it, you will be missing so many important moments that you can never get back.
One thing about the teens and kids, they aren’t mature enough to really grasp that life is short. These moments in time you don’t get back. Adults should know better and be the role models for our youth.
Rachel’s book is such a great reminder for all adults and teens alike.
Isn’t it time you get present in your life?
Just a thought, holidays are around the corner, what a perfect gift for someone you feel may need it…. a gentle reminder never hurts. Life is short.
Sunday, September 13, 2015 is Grandparents Day. If you are blessed to still have them, reach out to them personally. Don’t text, email or voicemail – call them or visit them (if you can). Be present, literally. It matters.