It’s time again to join up with my tribe, my people, to write freely for five minutes on a prompt given to us by the lovely and talented http://www.lisajobaker.com. If you want to play along, we always welcome new friends! And…away we go!
You see it everywhere. Children have always known a million ways to get a parent’s attention, and they’ll take whatever they can get whether it’s positive or negative. But today’s children have so much more competition it’s almost unfair. And smartphones? Sometimes I think they’re the best thing since sliced bread and sometimes I think they’re an instrument of the devil. How can a child compete with a device that can connect you with an infinite stream of information?
For me personally, even aside from the siren call of electronics, the demands on my attention are endless. We’re trying to make some decisions about one child’s extracurricular activities. And the swirl of questions in my mind: What school is best for K? Do I want to go back to work? What will it be like when I do? Am I doing the best I can for my family? Is God pleased with me? Do we want to sell our house and move? Does my husband need to find a different job? And so on. Or I stew about my past. Did I say the wrong thing to her? I wish I’d finished college. What if I hadn’t married so young?
Meanwhile, there’s this: “Mommy, look!” “Mom, watch this!” So I make myself put down the phone and shut off the tempest in my mind. I close my eyes, take a deep breath and I surround myself with the present. I feel the couch cushions under my legs. I hear the soft sigh of the ceiling fan. And I feel the warmth of my girls as they collapse on the couch beside me. I breath in the scent of sun-washed hair combined with fruity popsicle breath, and my heart says, “I’m here and this is the perfect place to be right now.”
Be still and know that I am God. Psalms 46:10