I think that social media is a marvelous thing.  However, that only remains true if you do not let social media make you antisocial.  Jose Garces (cookbook author, restaurateur, and chef) shares a timely life lesson from which we can all benefit (“How Did I Get Here?: Jose Garces” Bloomberg Businessweek, 2/9/15–2/15/15, p. 80):

E-mails, texts, and social media can be overwhelming.  Be present, and enjoy the moment.

This might seem obvious, yet I continue to observe and hear of so many people who are letting the virtual replace the real.  They are letting the online replace the on point.  They are letting the high-tech replace the high-touch.

You don’t really get do-overs for life and relationships.  Remembering to be present in the moment and extracting the full value from that moment is something we can cultivate.  My advice is to do so.  Emails, texts, and social media will always be there.  You cannot say the same thing for the moments.  Savor the moments life presents to you.

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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