A few months back, I remembered reading a story about the importance of being present.  It was a column in The Huffington Post by Ian Colvin, where he began with a story of a dialogue between him and his son. It started like this:

“Why were you looking down when I was skating tonight, Daddy?”

“I wasn’t looking down, buddy,” I answered. “I was watching you.”

“But I saw you looking down, too,” my son responded. “Why were you looking down?”

“Busted!” my husband laughed.

And I was busted; I had been reading and responding to work emails on my BlackBerry during my son’s skating lesson.

Was I proud? No. But I was proud that I had made it home from work on time to take my son to skating; something I hadn’t been able to do the week before.

Yet, what’s worse, not being there, or not being present in the moment?

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