It’s Monday With Joshua & Kerrie . . . Three Elements Of Being Present

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Monday is our day to ramp it up and renew an element of living.  *We recommend this practice for individuals, couples, and families as well as organizations.  This practice serves who we are and what we do. 

Each week we encourage you to think on the specific best practice: Learn what’s best.  Know why it’s best. Review why it’s the best.

And.   

Implement what’s best:  Align.  Assimilate.  Activate.

This week our conversation at the table is focused on the three elements of being present in the moment: 1.  Intentional.  2. Interested.  3. Engaged.  

It turns out that we tend to think on “what was” and “what could be” more than “what is” in the moment. Consider this finding of psychologists at Harvard University:  “A human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind.” “The ability to think about what is not happening is a cognitive achievement that comes at an emotional cost” (Matthew A. Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert).

Keeping the findings of Killingsworth and Gilbert in mind, think on these three basic elements in the best practice of being present in the moment: 

  1.  Intentional:  To be decisive, purposeful, deliberate, and mindful of the gap created by a lack of an awareness and focus.  
  2. Interested:  To be active rather than passive, seeing the bigger picture, listening to understand, and discovering more in the story. 
  3. Engaged:  To be fully occupied, attentive, involved, and invested in someone and something. 

There are many reasons our mind wanders.  Of course, our smartphones make it easy for the mind to wander.  When you have a moment read TableThink’s article, “The Issue To Be Addressed.” 

And.

Consider:

The thing is . . .  nothing could or should replace . . .  giving time to be fully present in the lives of those who matter in our life.  Nothing.  

Smartphones are a phenomenal innovation and marvelous tool to help do what’s ours to do; however, these tools hold the potential to be a destructive weapon in the most important matters of living.

Mindfulness to what matters is essential.  An honest assessment of how the use of a smartphone aligns with living the best will help to determine if, using the phone has become an addiction or a distraction.

Questions to think on:  Is there time  in the day when your phone is put away?    Do you turn your phone off to be fully present in a specific setting with specific people?  Do you panic when you can’t find your phone?

It’s time for this issue to be addressed.  Be mindful of the use of your smartphone.  Determine to be fully present in the matters of living.

You are invited to be part of TableThink’s viritual table by listening to the Think On This podcast and reading the daily articles this week as we continue our conversation about  being present in the moment. 

Make it a great day!  

There’s always more each and every day~Joshua & Kerrie

*Connect with  a life-coach, pastor, spiritual advisor, professional counselor, or trusted friend for direction, guidance, and wisdom. 

Joshua & Kerrie

Joshua & Kerrie are pastors, entrepreneurs, and co-developers of TableThink.

Joshua & Kerrie are in different seasons of life.  Joshua is in his first half of life; Kerrie is in her second.  Generational wisdom is a key piece of their best conversations with growth and contribution in the forefront.

Joshua is in the beginning years of his marriage with his wife, Louise.  Kerrie and her husband, Gregg, have been married for 42 years and have three children, two son-in-laws, and six grandchildren.  Joshua was born and raised in Arkansas.  He now lives in Oregon but says his Southern ways are ingrained within him.  Kerrie has always lived in the Pacific Northwest and loves everything about it, including rainy days.  Joshua has a passion for technology; he founded and oversees Joshua Lindley Consulting. Kerrie’s passion for serving people led her to becoming a registered nurse for a season, public speaking, and blogging.

Joshua & Kerrie invite everyone to take a seat at the table, ready and excited to learn from one another.  They  are passionate about what TableThink can be as they invest in the work with inspiration and innovation.  You are always welcome at TableThink’s virtual table.  You can connect by emailing: hello@tablethink2.online.

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