March 8, 2005
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Doesn't quite feel like spring here yet. Snow is still coming
down in Michigan. But, we have been enjoying jigsaw puzzles,
swimming in the pool, and playing board games until the snow
and cold turns to tulips and warm breezes. You can see what
else I have been up to at my blog: http://encouragingwords.blogspot.com/
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#6 for a Saner, Simpler Life:Paying Attention
"You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one.
Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its
own. It's just a matter of paying attention to this miracle."
~ Paulo Coelho, Brazilian novelist
In the cartoon, Baby Blues, Mother lists tons of little
things to remember - things like bring cupcakes, how her picky
son wants his lunch made, and a doctor's appointment to take
one of the kids to. The incredulous Dad asks, "How do you
keep all that information in your head, and still have room
for all the other stuff?" Her answer, "What other
A Life Half Lived
I see so many people living life from one routine thing to
another and forgetting that there is more to life then errands,
cleaning and work. When life gets overfilled, people stop paying
attention to their surroundings, their feelings, their needs,
and other people.
Conversations are half listened to. Driving is routine unless
a close call brings you back to attention. As one task is being
done, ten others tasks are in your mind. We can stay in our
heads so much, that we forget to look at the outside world.
And our world becomes boring or we start to feel numb.
Sometimes people stay busy so they don't have to pay attention.
If they paid attention they might realize they are dissatisfied,
hurt, or not living the life they want. They want to pretend
and make believe everything is how they want it or at least
that they are too busy to do anything about it.
It's easier than changing. Changing habits. Changing jobs.
Quitting things that make you feel prestigious but aren't fulfilling.
But, if we can wake up to our life we could live a fulfilling,
passionate, purposeful life.
How much of your day are you actually paying attention to what
you are doing? To stay in the present more one of my clients
snaps a rubber band when her mind wanders to the past or future.
I have a little note on my monitor reminding me that the time
Paying attention doesn't take much time. Try using little moments
in your day to notice. Take a 10 second break to look out the
window and observe what is outside. Take 5 minutes to really
listen and connect with someone. Take a few seconds between
projects and ask yourself how you are feeling and what you need.
Making Life Better
As you notice, if you discover things that need changing, make
little changes when you see. You notice you feel better with
grapefruit and oatmeal than a donut for breakfast, eat less
donuts. You notice something on the floor, quick pick it up
and put it away. You don't have to make massive changes to make
your life better.
In fact just noticing your life will make it better. Your life
will feel more colorful as you take a close look at nature and
your surroundings. Your relationships will be deeper as you
listen more intently. Your work will go faster because you are
focusing your full attention on it. And sometimes you will find
that just looking at something will bring you joy.
Ideas for Paying Attention
1. How can you remember to pay attention and stay
in the present?
2. Write in your journal or notebook, something
that you noticed this day - every day this month
3. Ask yourself how you feel and what you need
4. Try one of the ideas above for paying attention
Down and Breathe
Attention on a Special Person
I am taking the 70 Day Challenge right now and I just love
it. The challenge has fresh ideas and step by step ways to get
your life together.
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Self-Care Tips for March:
I encourage you this month to smell a flower, feel the grass,
and listen to those you love.
The Encouraging Coach
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