September 28, 2021 - Busy

Isn’t it true that we often get so busy? And, sad to say, we even wear our busyness as a badge of honor, as though being busy, by itself, was an accomplishment or sign of a superior life.
Is it?
I think of our Lord and Exemplar, Jesus Christ, and His short life among the people of Galilee and Jerusalem. I have tried to imagine Him bustling between meetings or multitasking to get a list of urgent things accomplished.
I can’t see it.
Instead I see the compassionate and caring Son of God purposefully living each day. When He interacted with those around Him, they felt important and loved. He knew the infinite value of the people He met. He blessed them, ministered to them. He lifted them up, healed them. He gave them the precious gift of His time.

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Of Regrets and Resolutions", Ensign, November 2012

This is something I'm working on, or, trying to, although I'm not very good at it right now. Instead of being in the moment and being with another person, and truly caring and listening, I find myself thinking about what lies ahead. I'm thinking about what I need to accomplish next, what errands I need to run still, what my next steps are, etc.

It usually isn't something complex that requires forethought either. It's usually something trivial like, what's for dinner and what time, or what time was that show?, or I need to make sure I do this or that before my head hits the pillow, etc.

Instead of truly giving 100% of my attention, I try to multi-task mentally. I am now beginning to realize how that makes the other person feel. They may not know my thoughts are elsewhere but I know the level of attention I'm giving them.

And to think that Christ, the One who needed to accomplish more on this earth than any of us, even all of us combined, gave 100% attention to whomever He was interacting with, 100% of the time, every time. He wasn't thinking about how He needed to make sure He grabbed a drink of water, or make sure He stopped by so-and-so's place, or even that He needed to pray. These, of course, are good things. But His focus, all of it, was on the person in front of Him, literally and figuratively, and no where else.

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