Being here, presently at the space where I am, with the people I am with, fully engaged in the conversations / activity I am involved in… In some sense, being, here, in the moment.
I used to be awefully distracted. Us busy & “indispensible” ones call it, proudly, patting one anothers’ backs, “multi-tasking”.
Multi-tasking: doing a few things at a time, albeit not in the same moment, we still proudly declare we are managing better than others who are only covering 1 thing at a time.
Are we really that efficient? Maybe. Effective? I wonder.
Personally, I am increasingly realising that, perhaps with age, I don’t appreciate rushing with multiple things on my plates. Even if I have to manage a few things at a go, it requires planning.
With people, it’s now very different for me. In the past, I was there, but yet not there. Present, yet absent. I used to be with someone, but busy answering messages, cos my phone would be beeping non-stop with notifications of new incoming requests or greetings. Or I’ll be scrolling through my emails while waiting for the meal to arrive. All in the presence of the company of another.
Recent situations of saying goodbyes on quite a few occasions – some permanently, some temporarily, some for unknown periods of seperation – I’ve recognized with much soberity a real need to be “here-here”.
So… no more seemingly here, seeminly listening, seemingly absorbing, seemingly enjoying your company. But really here-here. Present. Engaged. Attentive. Listening. 100% here.
Am glad that our multi – tasking Almighty, literally, is always 100% engaged with my every whisper from my heart. My here-here, fully-engaged Abba.
See, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands…