That’s what we are all working on, the art of looking like we are paying attention.
Linda Stone, a former senior executive with Apple and Microsoft, calls it “continuous partial attention.”
We have our mind on everything, and therefore it is on nothing. I used to think I could multitask but the truth is when we do that we are not wholeheartedly paying attention to anything or anyone.
That means we are shortchanging every event, but even worse, we are shortchanging the people around us. We are not really listening to any of our family members. We are saying yes half- mindedly when we should be saying no and vice-versa.
Jesus calls us to love others.
“Do to others as you would like them to do to you.” (Luke 6:31 NLT)
We are not connecting at all, let alone loving when we aren’t paying attention. When we pay attention, we are mentally focused, politely considerate and we care enough about the person in our presence to actually listen. After all, you expect that from others.
Prayer- Lord, give us the common sense to be alive in the moment, not half dead to everything and everyone around us. Amen.