Presence – To be present

Powerful opportunities are all around us.  We simply have to open our eyes.  People are starved for connection.  We have the power to achieve great things when we communicate past the role of businessman or woman, and start to reveal who we are, what we stand for, where we’ve been, the challenges we’ve faced.

In Personal Brand, we speak of the law of “good will”.  The act of generosity/greater good is a powerful thing to stand for.  To be motivated and aligned to a greater good is the stuff of connection and trust.   So why is it so hard to maintain?  I live in New York City. I’m bombarded by stimuli constantly and I have to make conscious choices.  To listen to a colleague with empathy, or help a stranger clutching a subway map and speaking another language takes awareness and energy.  Sometimes it means putting down the i-Phone and really looking at what’s around me.  Not easy to be present.

I leave you with a quote from a recent New York Times article that articulates the challenges we all face in the modern age to stay connected.

 “We often use technology to save time, but increasingly, it either takes the saved time along with it, or makes the saved time less present, intimate and rich.  I worry that the closer the world gets to our fingertips, the further it gets from our hearts.  It’s not an either/or — being “anti-technology” is perhaps the only thing more foolish than being unquestioningly “pro-technology” — but a question of balance that our lives hang upon…”

Jonathan Safran Foer

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