I asked my kids last night if they knew what it meant to be “engaged.” Annabelle answered very confidently that it means you are going to get married. Correct answer but not the one I was looking for. I will often ask questions to my kids or to the kids in our Volleyball Club if I am seeing something that needs addressed. So, in our house, I was feeling confident that we should work a little bit on engaging.
It is growing more difficult by the Christmas or with every new i-something launch for people to truly be engaged. A simple conversation is typically interrupted by rings, vibrates, or a random beep that signals a text message, instant message, or another upcoming appointment. I’m not negative (does that count as a double negative?) on technology or with the different ways we have to stay connected with each other…I’m also not above checking the latest email as Sarah or the kids are attempting to get my attention. I love staying connected and establishing new relationships through the technology we have available but it’s interesting to me that in an age when connection is literally at our fingertips, we are not truly connecting.
We have an “engagement problem” in our house and probably in many homes, businesses, and communities. I commit to engaging better than I have before, to truly connecting and to teaching those around me what a difference it can make to truly engage in the process of life and the people in it.