Intentional Living

I N T E N T I O N A L

adjective

done on purpose; deliberate.

L I V I N G

adjective

alive.

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Last night, as my husband and I were at a local coffee shop while my daughter was at rowing practice, my eyes caught a beautiful moment of a father and son having coffee and conversation over a game of chess. I wanted to interrupt their quality time, for a quick second, just to say how I admire the intentional moment, instead, I held back.

Why does this moment stand out to me so much?

Well, in my opinion (which means NADA!), many have made the phone a member of the family because thats how much time is spent on them. Spending far more time on a phone than the person or people who are physically present. Isn't that sad? I'll admit that phones are indeed a necessity, nowadays, especially when you're a parent needing to get a hold of your teen or for job related reasons. Trust me, I get it. There are times when an un-expected work email is received and an immediate reply is needed. But the guilty feeling that comes as soon as my daughter makes a shift in her body language in response to me being on the phone is the worst! And then there are times when my husband is on the phone and my body language shifts, too.

There is a time and place for everything. In our house, phones are a no-no during our mealtime, moments spent together, when we're with others, and times when it is just not appropriate. Phones should not substitute the people in our lives.

In a nutshell, I guess this is why watching a father and son have actual quality time and applying intentional living, made this girl very happy.

Let us challenge ourselves to practice intentional living for 2017. Let us not allow the phones to be a replacement of actual conversation. Let our children learn the proper way of communication, instead of text slang and abbreviations.

Let us, more importantly, connect with one another because life is short and let us not regret the missed opportunities of spending quality time with those we love. 

#IntentionalLiving

Connectedness leaves my soul reeling. Not random chemistry on a spiritless grid.
— Tom Quigley