We work in fits and starts, in tiny bits of time marked by dings and buzzes. These interruptions migrate into our time with others, and into our time with ourselves, changing our way of being. Calm moments begin to feel empty without the onslaught of stimuli. We lose the ability to concentrate, to savor, to abide in a feeling, to relish our relationships, and to gratefully enjoy the lives we have.
So, I propose we abide: abide in longings and in gratitude; abide briefly but fully in our pain and sorrow; abide in our connections to others, abide in the depth of calm concentration, abide in the glory of nature and abide in peace in God.