"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful: for beauty is God's handwriting- a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing." Ralph Waldo Emerson
I went out of town this week without my charger and my phone died, so I was without my phone (gasp) for a total of about 6 hours. Which brings a snowballing of worry- almost panic; what if someone is trying to reach me? How will I keep track of my teenagers? I need to text that person about our appointment! What's my bank balance? Is it going to rain??What time is it? A cacophony in my head of all the things I am incapable of doing without this little rectangle of light I carry around at all times.
It took me a few minutes to calm down and remind myself that I did life without a phone for about 30 of my 48 years. And life, was fine, actually.
I began thinking of the differences in how we live today. How we automatically do so many things all at once because we have immediate access to so many things. Which brings to mind all that we miss because we are mesmerized by all there is to - read, like, contact, schedule, argue, brag, plan, etc.- right at our fingertips.
What happened? Are we in one simultaneous trance that we cannot extricate ourselves from? Somedays when I see friends arguing about the latest thing that there is to argue about, or the Kardashians are glaring at me from the headlines, I wonder.
There are so many moments that happen without announcement around us every moment of every day . Subtle, important things, like time to be bored enough to think or reflect without distraction and to demonstrate to our children what that looks like.
Who knows what thoughts and small interactions we are missing out on because we distract ourselves constantly? The momentary, fleeting beauty that will pass without our knowing because we were - what? What are we doing? Most likely nothing of consequence.
So this week, I am challenging myself and you to leave the phones out of reach more often, have faith that the world won't end , and start seeing the beauty of those things that don't call out for our attention, but are there waiting to be found, nonetheless.
Let me know how it goes and what wayside sacrament you discover.