Author: Rana DiOrio
Illustrator: Eliza Wheeler
Publisher: Little Pickle Press
By Katy Mooney, Executive Coach and Consultant
What Does It Mean to be Present? is a sweet little book by Rana DiOrio (and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler) packed with a powerful message that is as appropriate for adults as it is for kids – pay attention in the present moment. Period. Simple, right? Simple, yes, but not so easy. Talking while driving, surfing while watching TV, pretending to listen while waiting to talk, planning what’s next before we have experienced now. In a culture that applauds multi-tasking and abhors stillness, we are constantly learning how to avoid truly being with ourselves and, in turn, teaching our children the same. Without even knowing it, we are disconnected – from others, our environment and, most importantly, ourselves.
Being present, though, this insightful book tells us, is not about physical presence, presenting, or gift giving. It’s about listening to yourself and others, noticing the needs of others, focusing on now, being grateful and learning from mistakes. (That’s how you grow, silly!) It’s also about slowing down to fully experience all of the nuance and loveliness within each moment. Life is full of awesomeness if you pay attention.
In 25 beautifully illustrated pages, Ms. DiOrio’s unique children’s book concisely touts the same profound, ever-relevant message of consciousness that Eckhart Tolle shares with his millions of adult readers in an age-appropriate way for kids: the present moment, now, is all that we have. Ever. So…all together everyone…pause, listen, notice, be grateful, share, and learn. In others words, be present. You, your friends and the world can be richer, fuller and happier when we are present. I know this to be true in my own life and the lives of my executive clients. Try it and see. And if you agree...pass it on!
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