Out of all the myriad of distractions that enter your day…
What captures your attention the most?
What does it take to get your attention in the first place?
How easy is it to lose your attention?
What does it take to keep your attention?
Ok ok OK!
Let’s try this again.
What catches your eye?
What types of smells nibble at your nose?
Can you instantly recall any particular sounds that vibrate nicely in or around your ears?
Which feelings typically affect your psyche?
Do you even realize how much your attention is put to the test each and every day?
How do you isolate, wade through, all the noise, the flashes of light, the emotional battering, and focus on what serves you most?
Has it become a crisis situation for you – dealing with your own thoughts – from the moment you get up in the morning, until the time you finally, mercifully get to lay your head down on your pillow at night?
Movement captures my attention.
I’m throwing this personal revelation in because I’ve had to work on what kind of movement I want to focus on.
Highway signs are the worst!
One time I was in this restaurant, and had to kindly ask to be moved to a less busy area because there was too much back and forth activity going on, which seemed to be right in my face.
I tend to be especially attuned to tiny details. The little things. The ones that easily escape the non-attentive mind.
By the way, some of these details, those little things have saved my butt a time or two hundred!
I’m also very open to what I attend to, which I reckon has given my life lots of flexibility. At times along my journey I may have been too flexible however, which gave people too much play play with my life.
Well…no more. I’m much more attentive to that today!!!
Some folks I know, only pay attention to the things that affect them directly. Everything else is ignored. W-H-A-T!
Does it boil down to what we’re interested in? Is that how we attend to our lives? Suppose we’re not interested in too much at all. Has that had an impact on our successes and our failures?
What about curiosity? We’re not cats, so it can’t kill us, or can it???
Would it be a crisis if we were a bit more curious about things outside of our comfort zone???
Have you ever left the company of a group of people, a friend or family member, then all the way someplace else thought about what they might be saying about you?
Why would you pay attention to those thoughts? Are they serving you right now? Will they ever serve you?
Overwhelm is paying too much attention to paying too much attention.
It just is. And, it’s got to be the most ghastly feeling.
Marketing execs and shock jocks love it when you pay attention to what they’re pedaling. Just a mention!
So, does the attention quotient in our lives have to cause a crisis, or can we block some of it out completely in favor of what creates meaning, purpose, and attainable goal fulfillment?
No, I don’t know you well enough to tell you what to pay attention to, but I do know that living in crisis or oblivion mode ain’t living to attend to anything responsibly at all.