#givepresence stop being so busy.

Since moving to London a year and half ago, one of the things that struck me is how everyone just seems so busy. I’m not talking about the pace at which people walk around or the daily grind of the city, but the people in my life, always plugged into so many devices and completely booked up for the next few weeks and complaining of how crazy busy their hectic week is, and how rushed off their feet they are. Busy becomes the anthem to our lives (in London especially), not enough time, too much to do. All these things we choose to do, so why complain?


There is a lot to be said about the digital enclave we vicariously live in, where everything we see and hear is edited and second-hand. Living in the present, being present, sharing presence and enjoying the here and now is something I have kept at the front of my mind for several months now. Notwithstanding medical diagnosis, living in the past can be very depressing and living in the future causes anxiety… calm and happy is enjoying what we experience right now.


As far as I know, life is a series of experiences, relationships and feelings, the rest is as tangible as it is lifeless. One of my friends and former house-mates from university died very recently, aged 25 years old. It made me reflect a lot about these things. Now, my face crinkles up when I hear someone start a “busy” rant…


This #givepresence campaign video by luluemon has smashed the nail on the head – I resonate with it so much, and hope you watch . Please slow down for five minutes, breathe and think about who might be sat near to you or the ground your feet are on…





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