Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Present of Presence

All I want for Christmas is . . . . 

This holiday season, I hope each and everyone reading this blog has/is getting the present of presence.

Confused?  Yea, I was too. So let me start from the beginning (or at least how I got to this place where I could receive and recognize the gift of presence).

Back in March, I heard a great lecture on Mindfulness (see post from March 16th) about being in the present (versus thinking about the past or planning for the future).  It was also about that time that I learned more about MI2's (MedStar Institute for Innovation) initiatives by Dr. Ed Tori, the Director of Presence (yes, that is his title). His responsibilities include serving as the chief architect of MI2's virtual presence and leveraging it to catalyze innovation throughout the MedStar Health system. 

This weekend, as I was coming to the end of my family time for the holidays, I read his simple tweet @DrEdTori: "In 2014, will you be present?" with this link to NPR All Tech Considered Blog post.   This very short video rings true for so many of us, how our culture has shifted and how we are so often alone with our smartphones..... even when we are surround by joy of the present.

That simple tweet got me to stop, look around, put the iPad down, and enjoy the 'present' of 'presence' with my family and extended family (my wife's brother and sisters and their kids and friends). Below is a group picture from the John Hancock Observatory in Chicago the day after Christmas.

Hope every is enjoying the holiday season.


  1. "Present of Presence" I am reposting this topic on my own personal social media. Often times we are all so caught up with so many things(phones, Social Media, Reality Shows etc) that we dont cherish the moment.

  2. Great post and picture Neil!

  3. Thanks for sharing. Great post.
    I wish you and your family a very happy new year.

  4. I love the video and the family picture! Thanks for the reminder as we transition to a new year and make commitments regarding how we will do better in 2014.

  5. Thanks for this post, Neil. I'm glad that short film moved you as it moved me. Have a superb new year full of presence.

  6. Thanks for all the comments! As Ed says, glad that this topic moved you as it moved me.