This week’s word is ‘present’.
When I looked at this word and aware of the festive meaning for this time of year I did think of ‘present’ as in being present in a moment.
I had a conversation with an old neighbour this morning who told me his last hearing test was conducted by my daughter who is an audiometrist. He said the thing that makes a person stand out for him is that when he speaks to them they look him in the eye and respond accordingly.
It reminded me that often we are not ‘present’ when some people talk to us. For a multitude of reasons we zone out and catch only a few fleeting words of their conversation.
The art of conversation of being there with your fellow humans is not as easy as it seems. We often find ourselves distracted, we can appear rude, ignorant and just plain off with the fairies if we don’t concentrate on the chat at hand.
Actors are good at being present. Its called being in the moment. They are trained to be so, in order to be believable.
I saw a talk by Patsy Rodenburg in which she talked about actors being in the moment, being present and how powerful that can be on an audience. Here is a link if you would like to be enlightened, but you may need a tissue as well:
So todays SOC on ‘present’ has led me to this point. It’s a great word to discuss and I hope that in the Christmas context you all receive a present that will captivate your imagination, reinforce a love you treasure, give you a smile and or lead you to new discoveries.