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Grimm's Musings: 'Where Are You?'

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If you have been in one of the recent massive storms, then you had something special. Storms bring a focus to where each of us live. Unfortunately it will only last a short time for too many of us. We are so easily pulled by the media and the instant view of the World through the internet. Take a look around us, everyone has their faces in their smartphone multitasking our lives away. We are never fully "here" because our attention is divided.

We are so addicted that whenever anybody points out this smartphone addiction behavior we become defensive and we feel interrupted by their "rudeness". (Isn't rude to fail to give people our undivided attention?) Truth be told, we have become social isolationists by our smartphone addiction. We sit amid crowds and retreat from those nearest us. It doesn't matter if its a family meal, visiting friends, hospital visits or whatever, if we are not mainline hooked up the internet to be swept into a World away from us, we experience immediate withdrawal symptoms!

When the storm was full force upon us we didn't need a televangelist or linked to a prayer chain as we said prays ourselves either silently or out loud. Our television wasn't dumping its constant overload of hyped sensationalism to boost our adrenaline. That storm that blew through our area knocked us back to the most immediate focus we needed; that which is right around us. Many of us feared our windows may break or our roof would leak. As the electricity went out we searched for flashlights or lit candles. Some of us felt a panic that we couldn't make coffee or get our vehicle out of the garage.

We huddled together with loved ones and pets. We reached out to the ones closest to us and felt concern for their safety. For those brief minutes, we focused on our immediate surroundings and those within our presence. For those few moments we were completely present with others.

Now as the storm has passed we will assess the damages. Once the electricity is restored we will again escape our most immediate surroundings through turning on the television while praying the cable and internet are up.
For a few moments we were where we really are and interacting with those closest to us. We were relevant because we were not distracted and completely present. (hrg)
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