What at does the word attention mean? The dictionary definition is as follows:
notice taken of someone or something; the regarding of someone or something as interesting or important.
I believe that what we put our attention on grows. To help CREATE GREAT LOVE in our lives we must pay attention in order for Love to grow.
So what do we need to pay attention to? Firstly to our own feelings, acknowledging how we are feeling is step one. Then paying attention to someone who is important to us. Asking them how they are and then truly listening to their answer. Staying present when you are with them, not being carried away by other distractions demonstrates GREAT LOVE. It’s a very simple action to take yet it requires us to be aware in each moment.
When I was in high school, my English teacher would give us writing assignments and my mother would say to me “Put yourself in the other persons shoes and write from that perspective”. That was such good advice and applies to creating better relationships with others as well. I believe Actors do this all the time in their work. They pay attention to how their character is feeling in different situations.
I encourage you this week to ask yourself who is important to you? Once you know who that is for you, give them some extra attention.
My picture this week comes from the cupcake bakery in Beverly Hills called Sprinkles. Such loving attention was given in this sweet creation.
“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.”
– Mary Oliver