Attention. . . where is yours? Are you sitting with someone and reading this? Are you in a room full of people but not engaged?
When I go out I like to people watch and notice all of the people who are staring at their digital devices instead of talking to the people in their surrounding at an event, at the table, in the car. People sit in movie theaters looking at their devices instead of talking with the friends they arrived with.
More and more people are zoning out from one another, so much so that it has become the norm. Some people still read books, talk to their friends or chat with strangers in line at the store but so often we are in our own worlds. When someone gives us their attention or speaks to us for a few minutes we are stunned.
To give your attention to the people you are with used to be expected; now when this occurs it is exceptional.
Just for one day (or an hour). . . try being exceptional. Ask about someone's day. Comment on something positive they are doing or something that you really appreciate about them. It doesn't have to be gushy but sincere communication and acknowledgement that you appreciate someone's actions or something they have done, saying something kind to your spouse when you're normally rushing around in the morning, or just wishing the cashier at the mini-mart a lovely day with a smile takes two seconds but the effect lasts much longer. Don't you feel better when someone wishes you well? Or, notices something you do daily but thought no one else noticed? I'm not saying compliment people for doing what they are supposed to be doing, that's called being responsible, but just taking a moment to share some positivity. It costs you nothing but warms the heart.
Today let us be mindful of the way we interact and engage with people, and know that you are making a positive difference in the day! ~Paisley Rose ----------------------