Wherever you are, be all there. – Jim Rohn
Rather obvious, isn’t it – where else could you be but where you are? (Unless you’re with CNN and you’re being ‘beamed in‘ someplace else!) But the if you read the sentence again, you’ll see the key word ‘all’.
In this age, where multi-tasking is seen as a virtue, Jim Rohn, seems to be talking about giving all your attention to one thing, one person, one situation. I think he’s got a point. I’m guilty of trying to multi-task and I find that it often leads to mistakes, misunderstandings, and meaninglessness.
Just to give you an example of how people can be ‘there‘ and not ‘all there‘. I went for a bloggers’ meet sometime last year. The idea behind the meet was for bloggers to connect offline and put faces to blogs! It was only for one afternoon and there were introductions and discussions. All quite interesting, except that some people sat and tweeted all through! I thought that was rude and defeated the purpose of the meet.
How often, I’ve watched couples at a restaurant, where they have come, presumably not just to eat, but also to spend some ‘quality time’ (how I hate that phrase!) together. But then, one partner gets a call and feels s/he has to take it while eating…..The other then decides s/he can call someone else in the meanwhile. There but not all there. In our home, we have a rule, we take no calls when we’re having our meals and we subtly (and not so subtly) encourage our guests to do the same. A meal is a time to enjoy the food and each other’s company….the only multitasking you do is eat and talk (preferably not with your mouth full of course!).
So I’m asking you, if you multi-task and if you think it’s a good thing to do?
Read this please.