Love Is The Strongest Medicine: Notes from a Cancer Doctor on Connection, Creativity, and Compassion

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I Can Be Here Now

I Can Be Here Now

I missed my phone.

It was in my car.

All alone.

All night.

I was in an unknown world.

A phoneless world.

A world not experienced since the year 2000.

I relied on its distraction.

I was losing my creativity.

So I gave my phone a timeout.

Then I committed to doing it every night.

As soon as I got home from work.

Before phone time outs I was distraction waiting to happen.

After phone time outs I was presence waiting to happen.

A valuable lesson.

A huge difference.

I had to try it first.

It wasn't easy.

I wanted that damn phone.

The inaction of leaving it alone was taking action.

I experienced feeling naked without it.

For many nights.

Then I didn't.

I put so much emphasis on immediacy.

Being in the know in the now.

Now it can wait.

Whatever it is.

Because now is happening with me or without me.

I want to be here now.

The rest can wait.

I can be here now.