After taking a break from all extracurricular activities during the previous holiday, I realized something. During the entire break we didn't take any pictures. On Thanksgiving, with all my friends and family here, we focused primarily on each other. Even though the table we set beautifully, the food was placed on the best platters I had and everyone was dressed in their Thanksgiving best, we sat around the table and enjoyed each others' company and the delicious food. We laughed and talked and had a wonderful time. We lived in the moment of being with family and friends and being thankful what we had in front of us.
In this day and age, we are consumed with taking pictures, videos or GIFs to entertain or show off what we have (or don't have). We forget to just...enjoy life. I find myself looking at food and thinking, "I need to take a picture of that to post on *blank*" I had to stop myself for exposing too much. Granted, having a blog does make you expose more of yourself than normal, but I write this out to give people a little perspective. You see, on Thanksgiving day I had every intention of taking pics for my blog post. Pictures of the food, the table settings and all the trimmings of my life. But as the day went on, I was so consumed with my family and friends I hardly had any time to stop to find my phone to take a couple "candid" pics.
Those memories will be ingrained in our minds for years to come. Not because we took the time to take pictures, but because we took the time to cherish each other and live in the moment.
Even though as a society we are well documented, we aren't very observant of the world around us. Have you walked down the street these days? What do you see? People buried in their screens. I saw a young woman nearly run over because she wasn't paying attention to where she was walking, but too involved in her phone (she was actually taking pictures of something).
This is not a sermon and I'm condemning those who are on their phones, it was just a wake up call for me, to just enjoy the moment and live in it. Who knows if or when the next moment will come. You don't want to miss it. Take pictures, but with your mind, record what happens, but with your memory. Love those around you, not through a text, but through actual interaction.
In James 4:14 it says "Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes" Tomorrow is not promised to us. So let's start enjoying each other today!