Why You Should Put It Down and Be in the Moment

Taryn and I recently had the chance to go to an Indianapolis Colts playoff football game with some friends. The atmosphere inside the stadium was electrifying! And the Colts ended up coming back from 28 points down to win the game. It was an unbelievable moment to share with Taryn and our friends.

Put your phone down and be in the moment

Have you ever heard the phrase, “be in the moment”, or “be present”? I think sometimes we hear those phrases and brush them off before we let them sink in. Being present or in the moment means blocking out all other distractions from what you’re doing. It means that you’re 100% focused on what you’re doing right now.

You’ve heard of athletes being in “the zone” – that zen-like state where they seem to be super human. When are in “the zone” are they fully present. They are in the moment. For the most part, even when athletes aren’t in “the zone” they are still fully present. They are completely focused on the situation they are in.

Why is it important that we be fully present? There are probably several answers to that question, but I think the most important answer to that question is, if you’re not in the moment, you miss the moment.

So what does that have to do with the title of this post – “Put It Down” ? Well, when we were at that Colts game, it amazed me how much time people spent looking down at their phones instead of watching the game. I get it. You have to post a message to Facebook to make your friends a little jealous. You have to text your babysitter to check on things. We can make up all kinds of reasons to get our phones out. But when our head is down looking at our phone, are we in the moment?

I suppose if your moment is scanning Facebook, you’re in the moment. But when you’re out to dinner with your family and your head is down, you’re not in the moment. When you’re on a date with your spouse and your looking at you’re phone, you’re not in the moment. When you’re sitting in the bleachers of your child’s game and you’re texting someone, you’re not in the moment.

Even worse, what message are you sending to your spouse, child, friend when you’re messing with your phone during your time together? The message you’re sending is, the information on my phone is more important than you.

I’m not knocking phones. I think they are amazing technology. And I know it’s hard to stop yourself from checking email, Facebook, texts, etc… But we need to constantly remind ourselves that the information in the phone is not more important than the moment we are presently sharing with another person or group. Consider that for a second. What’s more important, the person / group your are sharing the moment with or the information on the phone?

So, the next time you pull your phone out to see how many people like your latest post, think about the person across the table from you and think about what message you want to send him/her.

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2 thoughts on “Why You Should Put It Down and Be in the Moment

  1. Thanks for this post. I am incredibly addicted to my phone and this entry is of interest to me because I read it thinking, “guilty!”. I use it as my form of communication with friends, family, the outside world. I get my news from it. I read books on it. I take pictures with it. I filter said pictures so people think I have better photography skills on it. And because of it (and the resulting habits I have instilled in myself), I have noticed my inability to be “in the moment”. This past summer we rented a beach house that, surprise!… didn’t have internet. None in the house and no 4g cloud. I was impressed that it took us very little time to adjust. And I specifically remember kayaking out from the shore and looking back at my husband and our son, on the beach, living in the moment. It was nice to sit out there, listening to the waves and birds and live in the moment. And it wouldn’t have happened had we had cell service. 😉

    • Kelly, Thank you for sharing that. I’m glad I’m not the only one that has to work at it. And that’s a great story. You make me wish I was on the water! Nowhere am I less distracted or more in the moment than when I’m on the water.