Episode #113: Be Present
The “what” is easy. Craftwork is a specialty coffee shop and vibrant membership-based workspace with locations in Fort Worth (Foundry, Camp Bowie, Magnolia) and Austin (Domain). We serve craft coffee and are a connected coworking space. But you knew that already. Our “why” is our heart – we desire to create spaces and places where our members and customers experience connection and community.
In recent months we’ve had the opportunity to spend more time with those in our household, maybe more than ever before. This is encouraging in the fact that it can almost act as a reset button for us to stop and reconnect or get to know each other better. However, are we really doing so? Sherry Turkle, author and professor, argues that our smartphones keep us from truly being present with others. She believes smartphones are hindering our ability to engage in conversation with others, which is a necessary part of human interaction.
“Conversation is the most human and humanizing thing that we do. It’s where empathy is born, where intimacy is born – because of eye contact, because we can hear the tones of another person’s voice, sense their body movements, sense their presence. It’s where we learn about other people.” -Sherry Turkle
Be Present: Some of us may be at home full time with our children, while others are finding it hard to disconnect from a new remote work situation, so it’s more important than ever to take time to be present with those in our household. Whatever the case may be, we encourage you to set aside time to put your phone away, disconnect from technology, converse, and be present with one another.
What does this look like in a practical sense? Perhaps we could set aside an hour or so daily where we put our phones and laptops away and spend time with family. Or maybe we could institute a dinnertime “no smartphones, tablets, or TV allowed” rule. Let’s all figure out what it may look like in our lives and make it happen this week, friends.
When connecting with others, we find it encouraging to work a Rose, Thorn, and Bud framework into the conversation. Using this framework, each person identifies one good thing about their day (rose), one not-so-great thing about their day (thorn), and one thing they’re looking forward to (bud). Remember as you’re working through these to celebrate and support each other.