For Mother's Day weekend, I enjoyed the gift of a weekend with my "sisterhood." The sisterhood are my girls. These woman have my back and have theirs.
When Zane was 5 months old, my also new-mom friend invited me to a mom's group. As a new mom struggling to understand my new role, the invite was just what I needed. What I did not know that first meeting was how these woman would change my life. Our weekly "play-dates" evolved into a group of woman I cannot image life without. We have invited each other into the good, the bad, and the ugly of our lives. Its humbling, challenging, and beautiful.
Life has moved some of us away but for one weekend each year, we meet-up, kid free, to enjoy just being together. We talk, laugh, eat, drink, and hardly sleep. Its glorious!
This year, one of my sister's phone somehow did not make it to our girls weekend and I left my phone charger at home...Mistakes that turned into gifts. On Friday evening I turned my phone off. I can't remember the last time I turned my phone off. I turned it on once of Saturday morning and once again on Sunday to check messages but no Facebook, no Pintrest, no e-mail all weekend long. The gift of unplugging this weekend focused me on just being fully engaged in the present moment. To enjoy the conversation, take in the view, and actively pursue the relationships right in front of me. It has challenged me to be conscious of this in daily life. To pick up my phone less and engage in my beautiful life more.
Below is a video I saw this past week. Its made its way through Facebook, but if you haven't had a chance to watch it, I challenge you to take a moment to do so. Its a simple message of the importance of the relationships. Our phone and the "social" media it allows us to engage in is not the relationships that fulfill us. How many missed relationship opportunities have we been robbed of by our need to be plugged in?
As I step into the week ahead, my heart is to put my phone down more and look up to see the people right in front of me. To unplug so I can plug into life right now.