Life moves so fast these days and I find that I have trouble keeping up. The subtitle of this blog is 'Learning to live and love and be engaged in the everyday, ordinary moments' and yet I find that many days I forget to engage. Engaging seems to be a conscious decision that I have to make. Thankfully, this has been a week full of conscious decisions to slow down and engage and for this, I am so grateful.
This week I experienced fullness in life in a number of ways through engaging:
- Being fully present at my boys swim meet (which means I left my phone in my pocket!)
- When texting a long distance friend, I accidentally called him. I noticed before he answered but decided not to hang up and talk if he did answer. That conversation was wonderful and it was refreshing spending time actually dialoguing instead of texting.
- A visit to the hospital to spend about 20 minutes with a friend who was there turned into an hour long stay as we laughed and talked. I learned so much about this amazing person as I just had the opportunity to sit and listen.
- Having breakfast with a friend who I haven't shared a meal with in over a year. His life stories were amazing to hear and I learned so much from him about life, redemption and second chances through our conversation.
- Relaxing on my back porch one evening with a couple of friends talking about politics, travel, religion, girls (our wives) and more.
- Falling asleep aware of the sound of rain on my roof.
Engaging life is a beautiful thing. May we all spend more time practicing engagement.
How about you? Where did you engage life this week?