It is not unusual to find oneself reading while eating, especially when living alone or dining outside of regular meal times. While both food and reading material can be simultaneously nourishing, it can happen that the reader gets so caught up in what the mind is ingesting that the food is gone before it’s really enjoyed. We get scattered when it’s not intended. It’s easy to be so engrossed with the cell phone that beautiful scenery is hardly noticed on a walk. Children come home from school babbling about much, but work needs to be finished before fully attending to them. It’s hard NOT to split attention. Yet, relationships depend on a quality of presence to the other. Skill development requires deliberate focus whether in sports or learning a trade. There is a time to stay smart and be satisfied with doing just one thing at a time.
by Ruth Feeney, OSB