Today I made a few observations while driving my kids to school. I would like to share them with you. As I was pulling in to my kid's school, I saw our "crossing guard" aka an administrative staff member, who truly is a lovely person. But what gave me pause for thought was that he was checking his phone. Now, let me be clear that there were no kids waiting to cross the street. He was just standing there looking down at his phone as a few of us drove by for drop off. I didn't give it too much thought until I pulled up to the curb where all the little kiddos get out of the cars and begin their day of learning, and I saw yet another administrative employee also looking at her phone.
In the grand scheme of life, this isn't really a big deal, but what I thought when I saw yet another adult checking out their phone was why? I mean is it absolutely vital to check your phone at that moment in time? Are you waiting on news that is earth shattering and life changing, or are you just checking out Facebook posts? One of my first thoughts when I saw these two very nice people was what kind of example are you teaching to all these kids getting out of their cars? Maybe no one notices. We do tend to be busy, being busy.
But this morning I noticed. I started thinking about how distracted we truly are. If you are at a stoplight and you just have to check your emails at that moment, are you doing that because you just can't stand NOT doing something? This is not a judgement. I have been known to check my phone at stoplights. I suppose we truly become aware of the silliness of things, when we see others doing the same things we do. So my point here is not really to rant about the evils of cellphones, but it is an invitation to be aware if you are doing "busy-work" instead of just being. Being with your thoughts, feelings, inspirations, just plain old being with your Divine self is enough. If you don't like being with your own company, how can you expect others to like you? Until we meet again.
Caroline Nixon is
an intuitive healer and teacher who wrote two books about what she knows.