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September 25, 2013

Starting Thought - Dad’s Lesson Learned the Hard Way: Put Away Your Technology and Be Present

Dad’s Lesson Learned the Hard Way: Put Away Your Technology and Be Present

I pulled out my family’s old home movies, which are now on VHS, and watched them the other night.  Dad used to let me thread the projector, and I recall being proud of myself once I could do it all on my own.  We used to spend many Friday nights watching family movies and reminiscing about trips and birthdays and family gatherings (oh my!).

As I watched, I missed that familiar clicking sound.  And I noticed something else.  My Dad was rarely in the movies. The movies were all about everyone but him.

Because he was behind the camera.

Flash forward.

A group of parents at a child’s dance show.  Virtually all have phones in hand, recording.

While I’m grateful I have the home movies to watch and reminisce, I wonder what it might have been like for my Dad to always be recording life, instead of being present and participating in it.  It’s sad to think about what I missed in my relationship with him because there often was this camera between us.

What might each of us be missing because we’re tied to technology instead of being present in the moment?

- David Grossman

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Get a hold of technology and download Taming the Email Monster and start being more present, today. 

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