"Be Present" & Other Lessons Learned From a Preschooler
I shared that story with his mother and as I held her hand and wept along with her, we knew that her little boy was going to be okay. Once in a while I see Lucas in our community and each time he runs to me, hugs me tight and pats my back.
In our world today we tend to focus on the material things and how we can get ahead. We often find ourselves hurrying to get things done, much like I did with Lucas. Always looking for the next new gadget or gizmo that will help do our jobs faster, we rely on e-mail or texts to communicate, there is no personal contact at all. There are no pats on the back.
Being present in the physical sense is sometimes difficult. But as life continues to zip by at a rapid rate of speed, I would encourage you to take those breaks. Drop a note of encouragement in your child’s lunchbox or backpack to encourage them and let them know you care. Reach out to someone with something as small as a handshake, a kind word or a pat on the back. That just may be the thing that makes their day special. And who knows, they may in turn find a reason to do the same to you.