Sunday, July 17, 2016

Remembering the Roses

Smelling roses is not something that happens by accident.  It is easy to spot their beauty from a distance, but you generally have to put your nose right down there if you want to enjoy the fragrance.  And it's usually worth the effort.

Not too long ago, a colleague sent me this picure of the home screen on her phone.  Our staff is currently in a "Voxer" book study, and she wanted me to know that she was a little behind.  (Yep ... she had 131 messages that she had not yet listened to!)

I was in meeting this week, and the woman next to me showed me that she had 98 unread text messages.  My own home screen continually reminds me that I have over a thousand emails that I have not processed.  We are constantly being notified that something needs our attention: a facebook comment; a Twitter notification; an urgent text; another email; someone is talking to us on Voxer; or maybe, someone is actually calling our phone.  We are pulled in many directions, and often times, we feel we are spread too thin. It seems a bit ironic that the more "connected" we are, the more discombobulated we feel.  And I listed examples of social media, but that's only one facet of our busy lives.  We have work to do that is sitting right in front of us; we have families at home that need our attention.  There are errands to run, bills to pay, a gym membership that needs to be used ... and I hope somebody remembers to feed something to the kids!

But we will not be victims of a busy life.  Our life does not happen to us; we build the life that we want.  But like smelling roses, this process does not happen accidentally. It is an intentional process that begins when we clarify our values.  This leads to a sharper focus on our priorities.  My family recently told me that I have been preoccupied with my phone.  I don't ever want there to be ambiguity about what the roses are in my life, so I'm making a concerted effort to exercise "moderation" with social media.  

I'm currently behind on two book studies, but that's ok ... I have been playing Go Pokemon with my kids.  


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