I was listening to a talk given by Christy Wright from the Ramsey organization, and she was talking about work-life balance. It’s one of those things I think we all strive to achieve, but never really seem to get there.
During the talk she gave an example that really hit home and reiterates the point of staying in the moment.
Picture this: It’s Friday night and you are out to dinner with your significant other – great food, great conversation. You are having a really great time. All of a sudden, your phone buzzes and you look down to read the email. There is a problem at work with one of your customers. Immediately you are gone from the present. Instead of enjoying the company of the moment, you are trying to solve a problem you can’t solve right now. But it’s too late, you have already left the moment.
We’ve all been in this situation. One chime of the phone and our mind goes elsewhere.
How unfair is that to the person we are with? How unfair is it to you? You had plans for a lovely evening and bam it’s over in a manner of a ding.
Cell phones have been a blessing to all of us. They have made it easier to stay connected with the world. They have made it easier to get information and to get around. But slowly, cell phones are killing our relationships. It almost appears that we would rather be engaged with unknown people then with the people we love
If you truly want to have work-life balance, you have to put the phone away. Stay in the moment and when your phone chimes, deal with it at the appropriate time. Give your family and friends the time they deserve.
Until next time…I’m Marty, make every minute count.