Monday, May 2, 2011

Nothing is worth more than this day.

Being in a relationship with God teaches you a whole lot. God himself is quite the teacher.

But I thoroughly believe God puts people in your life to be your greatest teachers. My Mom is one of those people for me.

This weekend my Mom had to work all weekend which included Saturday and all day Sunday. Saturday night we decided we would all go out to dinner, thought it would be good for her to get out after being cooped up in the office all day.

We went to a local place called Fish Bones and we just sat outside enjoying each other, enjoying the food, and the entertainment.

The one thing I’ve always admired about my Mom is her ability to live in the moment. Maybe because she’s not attached to Facebook or Twitter (in fact, the VERY opposite) and doesn’t feel the need to document her every move, ha!

I’m telling you, after every bite of food she must have made a comment about how good it was. She was savoring every piece of food that went into her mouth. She was swaying and singing along to every SINGLE song that the entertainer on the guitar was playing. I seriously thought she was going to get up and start dancing right there at the table, ha.

My sister had her phone in her hand constantly. And must admit, I checked my phone a time or two. Because, who knows what I could be missing on Twitter.

Mom must have said over and over again I am just so happy to be out and enjoying my family. And must have thanked us over and over again for taking her out.

((herein comes the guilt))

In reality, who cares what I’m missing on Twitter or Facebook for that matter when it comes to spending time with my family.

There’s some major reprioritizing of when that blackberry of mine needs to be put away. I’m probably the guiltiest of them all.

I look back and think of how many moments I could have possibly missed out on and fully enjoying them, all because I wasn’t fully present. Yes, our physical bodies might be there, but how many moments have we missed out on because our mind and thoughts weren’t fully there?

It's like we're giving people half of us, and not all. It's not fair. And it's not right.

I just look back on Saturday night and just see it as a teachable moment for me.

A lesson from my life’s greatest teacher.

In my 20s my Mom is still teaching me… And don’t know if she always knows it, but she does. It’s not a test of # two pencils. But it’s a test as to whether you’re going to let the lesson pass you by, or learn and grow from it.

Twitter, Facebook, and all that, it can wait.

Nothing is worth more than this day.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Rosie said...

This is something myself, my husband, & his whole family have learned lately with everything that happened to his sister. Your mom sounds like a great lady!

Melissa said...

This is so beautiful and so true. I have been realizing the same for myself. On Friday morning when watching The Wedding I closed my computer and put my phone away so I could just be in the moment and enjoy it and watch - I wanted to remember it and not be tied up in Twitter/Facebook. It is so hard to be detached these days, but so important to make the effort. xoxo.

Kim said...

I sure hope your mom reads these post you so preciously write about her. :) She seems like a GREAT lady! This whole world has been taken over by electronics, computers, and social networks, and it very greatly takes up your time away from the one's you love. I get caught up in these things as well and take a breather every so often. I wish sometimes we lived back in the good old days where we didn't have all these things. :)

Trina said...

GREAT post! :) I've come to know this more and more. I used to get on the computer at night and just surf away, reading FB updates, looking at people's photos, watching youtube videos, playing Farmville {what was I smoking?!} Not to mention Twitter. Sheesh.

I finally realized, in 10 years when I look back at this time with my kids and husband I would be regretting all that wasted time. Now there are still times I slip but for the most part, when I'm with my family, I am WITH my family. So what if I miss something on Twitter or Facebook? The things that matter are the people in my life. Period.

I save Twitter and Facebook for my down times. Breaks at work, sitting at a red light, waiting in a doctor office, etc.

Melissa said...

It's hard sometimes girl, I know. When I'm spending quality time with people, I try to stay away from my phone. Dustin and I have learned to just leave our phones in the car when we go out on date nights. Keeps us from being tempted.

I think we're all always on the quest to find balance! Good luck to ya girl!