(Photo by Danielle MacInnes)
We can be “efficient” with time and tasks, a popular topic these days. That, however, doesn’t apply to relationships – we need to focus on being “effective” with people.
Stephen Covey wrote: “While you can think in terms of efficiency in dealing with time, a principle-centered person thinks in terms of effectiveness in dealing with people.”
Brian Johnson writes: “As you may have noticed, if we try to be efficient with people (especially our kids—who, you might remember, spell love “T.I.M.E.”) we can often find ourselves quite efficient AND equally INEFFECTIVE.”
Yes, relationships can be messy. Don’t they deserve fully-present time? Why not show our Loved Ones just how much we love them by giving them more time—of the FULLY PRESENT variety?
Let’s remember that our greatest obstacle to giving that FULLY PRESENT time and creating effectiveness in our relationships is almost always technology.
Why the distracted rush with the people we love? So we can scroll through our smartphones ten more times today? Let’s take those wasted moments (and minutes) and put them into our relationships.