As the holidays get closer (hello, Thanksgiving week!), there are words that my heart needs to hear about the value and purpose of being intentionally present. I tend to be pretty forgetful, so this little pep talk is necessary, but not new. In case you’re in that same boat, I’m recording the words here for any and all who need them…
I know there’s a ridiculous number of tasks on your plate right now. You’re working hard to prioritize and get things done efficiently, but those lists never really end or go away. There’s never a moment where you realize you’ve knocked out all the things that need to be done because that’s just not how life works. But even though the list is still there and growing, I promise it will be ok if you walk away from it for a little while. It’s not going anywhere, and this is family time.
Remember: Your goal is to be intentionally present with the people who matter most.
The work you do is important, and the effort you put into it is valuable. There’s no denying you’ve worked hard to make progress towards your goals, and that feeling of momentum is extremely satisfying. You’re a big fan of the dopamine hit that comes from serving and celebrating your clients - but that doesn’t need to be the focus right now. You work hard for those you’re trying to serve, but you also chose this work so you could have the flexibility to spend more time with your family.
Don’t forget: Your goal is to be intentionally present with the people who matter most.
In this season of giving, gratitude, and celebrations, be intentional about stepping away from work - that includes sneakily checking emails on your phone. (Don’t think we can’t see you!) Your “job” right now is to be fully present with those important people who aren’t paying for your time. I promise the to-do lists, emails, and projects aren’t going anywhere, and you’ll have plenty to do when everyone else returns to their daily routines of work and school. Step away from the computer. Put the phone down (unless you’re taking pictures - that’s allowed).
One more time: Your goal is to be intentionally present with the people who matter most.
"People in a rush don't have time to enter the goodness of the moment."
- John Mark Comer, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry