I hesitated to post this today because it truly irks me when bloggers attempt to use tragedy to pump their numbers. You’ve seen the posts – whenever something awful happens, all of a sudden, a slew of bloggers become experts of hashtags and stats. This post isn’t an attempt to do that, but it was definitely inspired by the world’s loss of Stu Scott yesterday. I remembered his ESPY speech, and how he spoke of his daughters. It was heartbreaking. I also thought about how much I hate cancer.
Seriously. I HATE CANCER. That would be a completely different, and much longer post, so I will attempt to remain focused on today’s topic.
I can’t imagine ever leaving my kid behind, but the truth is tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us. We don’t know how much time that we will have on this planet. In my opinion, that means that I should make every moment count. As a parent, I have to remember to be present. When? All day, everyday. It can be exhausting at times, but our children deserve our best attention, full focus, and zero doubts about how much we love them.
Have you ever watched other families in restaurants? How many are interacting with each other? Do you find that most are on their devices? I do, and it truly burns me up! I get that many parents have high pressure, on-call situations on their jobs. The Bald Genius is technically on-call all year, but when we sit down for a meal, phones aren’t touched. That is a no-no. Why? I believe that we have to be intentional about being present because it is far too easy to get distracted.
I don’t wish the pain of losing a loved one upon anyone; however, I hope that we can start learning from what is happening around us. As I said earlier, tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone. All we have is today, right now, so let’s make it count. I pledge to be intentional about being present with my family and loved ones. I encourage you to remember to make today, and every moment with loved ones count. Be present. Is it always convenient, or easy? No. Will it is cost us something? Yes. Will we have to sacrifice “me time”, or our favorite things occasionally? Definitely. At the end of your life, what will be said by your friends and family? Will they mention how often you updated your status online, or how many levels of a certain game you mastered? Or will they be able to honestly say that you lived life well, loved with all that you had, and made every moment count?
I hope that you will join me, in your own way, and pledge to be intentionally present with your family everyday.