I’ve been incredibly challenged and inspired by the comments on my last post where I talked about learning to stop multi-tasking and that being busy doesn’t make me valuable. You might take a second to read those. Good, good stuff there.
What’s on my mind today is this from reader Max:
“I’m reminded of the quote from John Tarrant Roshi: ‘Attention is the most basic form of love.’ Giving my full attention to something – it doesn’t matter what! – is where the joy is.”
So, I’m actually loving my kids more if I stop cleaning/bustling/buzzing/making lists of things to do (all of which, by the way, I do for them) and just spend time with them. Talking, cooking, reading together, listening to music. Anything that we can do together where I can just pay attention to them. Or my husband, or my friends, or my Mom.
I’m not always good at that. Feels too slow to just sit and “be”. And then there’s the very loud To Do List looming. Sheesh, that thing is mouthy!
But Max is so right. Attention is the most basic form of love. Attention is love, period.
So here’s the weekend challenge: can you spend some time over the next two days just paying attention to those you love? Or, to a project you love? Can you stop letting everything else crowd them out? Can I?
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