What Are You Paying Attention To?

“For one minute, walk outside, stand there, in silence,look up at the sky and contemplate how amazing life is.”   (Unknown)

POINT TO PONDER:
What are you paying attention to?

ACTION ITEM:
Every day this week, at least once each day, step outside, take a deep breath and contemplate how amazing your life is. Then, complete the cycle by sharing your amazing life and gifts with someone else. It’s the human world’s circle of life.

by Neissa Brown Springmann

by Neissa Brown Springmann

There is no doubt that May is spring’s December. Not only does May consist of Mother’s Day and Memorial Day (both special and fun, but often also filled with heavy emotions and busy travel), but it’s also the month of transition, endings and beginnings — end of school activities, graduations and weddings. Until June arrives, it can be just plain nutty!

So, upon hearing the brilliant quote by author Sue Monk Kidd: “We become what we pay attention to,” I thought now would be the perfect opportunity to shift our mindsets to gratitude rather than let “the crazies” move in and potentially hijack our joy.

I really do appreciate being reminded that our lives are not a product of destiny, but rather a sum of our attitudes and choices — many being very difficult at times. We of course can’t always control our circumstances, however we can control what we pay attention to.

So, how about you? Are you paying attention to your hectic schedule, or to the blessing of a full life? To work deadlines or to the blessings of having a job and salary? To your significant other’s shortcomings or to their qualities and characteristics you admire and love? To not being the same size you were this time last year, or to the blessings of health and freedom of choice? To construction along MoPac and Austin traffic or to the blessing and convenience of a car? To running your child/children all over Austin for activities or to the blessing of a healthy child?

Our lives are inundated with distractions that shift our focus to unimportant things — adding zero value and actually taking away from our lives. However, it’s our choice to pay attention to what matters.

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