July 19, 2022
Family is truly a most valued, highly important part of life. Whether you have children or not, married or single, parents living or passed, all of us know how precious close relationships are.
To have them is a wonderful gift. To be in the same place and time with people that love you unconditionally; that will absolutely be by your side when tough times appear, is surely a blessing not to be taken for granted.
Each day is a gift. Each moment an opportunity to share an experience, learn something new, teach and mentor, love and laugh, support and encourage…
Sometimes big and obvious. Sometimes small and relatively unnoticeable.
Priceless all the same. And quick to pass in a blink of your eyes.
In those moments, why would we choose anything other than to be present with those we are physically with? Family, close friends or even people you occasionally associate with deserve your attention.
Why would anyone bother investing any $$ amount for tickets to a baseball game if they're going to watch the whole thing through their phone?
Why would anyone take their kids to the park if all they're doing is scrolling through the Facebook newsfeed?
I share this with you because my family and I just returned from a little vacation that surrounded my oldest son’s first Nationals Championship Track Meet.
While I’m not excusing myself from this issue and concern - we all do it from time to time, I couldn’t help notice this happening - a lot!
From a dad missing the chance to help his son grab a foul ball that he never saw to a women repeatedly taking video and pictures of herself at the Atlanta aquarium without any fish or others in view. Really!?!?
People are more concerned with how many "Likes" notifications they get from strangers, and how the outside world views them, than they are with what and who is right in front of them.
Don’t allow yourself to miss real life being distracted and caught up with other people’s filtered images, messages and highlight reels.
I came across this quote one time...
"Quit obsessing over how your life looks through the digital glass of the outside world."
If you don't, you'll forget how important it is to be present in the reality you're actually in.
And that my friends, is the only one that truly matters.
Let’s not miss the good in front of us. Be here and now. Give your attention and best to who you're with and where you are.
Live life at full strength,
P.S. Camden had a fun and rewarding experience earning bronze in the 800m and gold running the first leg on the 4x400 relay team.