Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pay Attention

If you ever feel the urge to give a great gift to someone, give them something awesome.  Give them your undivided attention.

Such a wondrous gift is not cheap, of course. No great gift ever is. Giving it means you might have to totally ignore, for a time,  your phone, your computer, your radio and TV, your magazines and books, the schedule you have in your mind, your wanting to close your eyes and chill for a bit, your own agenda, and your own almost overwhelming desire to talk and express your own ideas.

In our media driven world, undivided attention to another person is ever-increasingly rare. Information – both good and bad, useful and garbage – come at us all the time just about everywhere we are.  Even in relaxing, high-end restaurants it is almost impossible to not see a television or hear a news report on a radio playing or overhear the person at the neighboring table on his or her cell phone.

Pay attention so someone today. Block out all the media and all the tasks waiting your attention. Refuse to let your own agenda to take center stage. Listen – appreciate – enjoy someone. They won’t know what hit them.

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