While driving back from Christmas shopping the other day, I listened to NPR’s All Things Considered. The subject was Blackberry Abuse. Evidently for some people a Blackberry is like crack cocaine – addictive. One of the guests discussed Blackberry orphans, children who’s parents are physically present, but never truly available because they are constantly checking and sending e-mail. Some even hide their addiction, sneaking off to the bathroom during dinner to get the fix.
How sad. What was developed to allow people more time away from the office is now stealing time away from family and recreation. The boundary between private life and business life is blurred.
I have a home office and it is often difficult to preserve the line between work and home. It is difficult on both sides, but I’ve discovered I need to stop checking the e-mail and answering the phone during family time in order to really connect. If I draw the line around family time, I can also draw the line around work time and ask my daughters to respect when I need to be on the phone or work at the computer during “work time.”
My challenge to you is to draw a line around your family time or your recreation time and be truly present – especially around holiday time.
Connect and recharge your relationships with your full attention!
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Eliz Greene is the Busy Woman’s Guide to a Health. Drawing on her experience surviving a massive heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins, struggling to lose the 80 pounds gained during her pregnancy, and her background as an adaptive movement specialist, Eliz developed simple strategies and tips to help other busy women be more active, eat better and manage your stress.
As the Director of the Embrace Your Heart Wellness Initiative, Eliz travels the country energizing and inspiring audiences in keynotes and workshops on women’s heart health. She writes one of the top 100 health and wellness blogs. Find more at www.EmbraceYourHeart.com.