It's so easy to get distracted from being fully present with people, or pursuing things we love to do.
How do we stay fully present with people? How do we do what is most important to us every day without getting distracted? How do we manage the "absorbents" (I just made that up ~ obviously) around us, those things that absorb more time than they should, and distract us from what we would rather be doing, or who we should be fully present with each day?
I can't understand why I get absorbed by such mundane activities. Especially when I can choose experiences that give me the opportunity to be focused on a loved one, or really tap into what I love doing. If I think of what absorbs most people these days from just being in the present moment it would have to be things like Facebook, texting, blogs (reading/writing), iPhones, emails, Blackberries, television . . . things with screens. "Absorbents" usually have to do with electricity, too.
If we can come up with our own system to be unplugged from anything with a screen for a certain amount of time every day or week it feels liberating! I often suspend my Facebook account for several weeks or months at a time.
Sometimes we just have to say 'enough is enough' and get unplugged. Sometimes we have to do a daily reality check, step back from what we are doing and ask ourselves, "Is this REALLY important and worthwhile, or did I get sidetracked?" It's amazing how many "Nows" you will begin to live in. It feels GREAT!