It’s easy to become focused on the wrong things this time of year. With Christmas right around the corner and the year drawing to a close, it would seem there are more things to do than time in a day.
I am not the best at allotting my time. When there is a task to be accomplished, I can easily become consumed in it. I often become oblivious to the outside world until I’m done
This past weekend I found myself in a similar state.
I was doing some work to my website. I needed to add a subscription box like this one Click here to subscribe to my mailing list (Seriously, I would love to have you on my email list!)
To be free of any distractions, I barricaded myself in a room in the back of the house.
As I focused in on the work at hand, my computer began to float away. Could this be magic? Unfortunately not. It was my wife (although she is quite magical – corny, I know – but she tells me that she reads these – brownie points!).
She lifted my laptop and took off my headphones. “Do you hear that?” she said. I could here my little “almost 3 year old” laughing hysterically at the new Despicable Me movie.
“I know what you are doing is important” she said, “But do you realize how little time we have him like this?”
As I hid my cell phone (just kidding), I got up and went to sit beside my little boy on the couch.
If you have younger children you know what I mean when I say it is almost impossible to go somewhere with your kids and not have someone tell you how fast they grow up.
People you have never met. People that know they have nothing to gain by telling you, go out of their way to impress upon you how much they wish they had focused on their children when they were younger.
I don’t want to be that parent that regrets missing the special moments. I don’t want to have to look back and realize that I spent so much time waiting for them to grow up that I actually missed realizing they were growing up.
Let’s make this Christmas different. Let’s put our gadgets away. Let’s be present.
The greatest gift you can give this year isn’t a present; it’s presence.
Being present during this Christmas season for me is a non-negotiable.
Will that email or tweet you received really be worth missing out on the special moments with your children?
Has anyone ever come up to you and impressed upon you how they wish they had spent more time on their phone.
“If only I had texted a little more before I had to upgrade!”
That is ridiculous!
Let’s commit to being more present this Christmas season. Let’s put the phones, tablets, and laptops down and pick up our kids.
After all, we are not the only ones making memories, so are they. What will they remember about you?
I would love to hear from you! Do you plan to unplug this Christmas season? What have you done to cultivate those special moments with your children?