In Others’ Words: Are You Interested?

Are you interested GK Chesterton 2016

You know how you get to the end of a day and you don’t remember what you did?

Or is that only me that happens to?

Sometimes I’m busy, busy, busy … and yes, I’m doing things. But sometimes what I’m really doing is not paying attention. I’m juggling several things at one time, which in a way is saying that none of the things I’m doing warrants my full attention. And then there are those times I just don’t care what’s going on. I underestimate the importance of what’s going on … or who’s talking … and really, that’s a “me” issue, not a “them” issue.

An important part of living is being interested in what’s going on around me day by day, hour by hour. Paying attention. Acting like the people in my life — the ones I already know and the ones I need to get to know —  are important … because they are.

In Your Words: So, I’m curious — what’s caught your attention this week? People? Events? What’s surprised you? And what can distract you from the things in life you want to focus on?


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  1. June 9, 2016, 7:33 am   /  Reply

    I do have the gift of being interested in what is going on around me day by day. If anything, I get too interested and have to focus my time. This week I’m happy with the eight adults I’ve met in the new college class I’m teaching, and w/ the two parakeets new to our home. It’s fun responding to and interacting with them. And I’m within a day I think of finishing final polish of 1 historic novel. All good things. Wishing you blessings.

    • June 9, 2016, 9:17 am   /  Reply

      Parakeets — those must add some new kind of fun to your home. 🙂 And teaching always challenges me and makes me think. I’d love to sit in on one of your classes, Dee.

  2. June 9, 2016, 8:14 am   /  Reply

    My problem is being interested in EVERYTHING! Comes from my ADHD. 🙂 But seriously, I get what you mean, and I find myself doing that sometimes.

    • June 9, 2016, 9:18 am   /  Reply

      Being interested in everything probably benefits you as a writer, yes? 😉

  3. June 9, 2016, 11:37 am   /  Reply

    Well, pain and other stuff is pretty distracting, yeah.

    But this morning I watched Strawberry the baby Bullmastiff trying to play with a lizard. He retreated into a patch of sage, and she was hitting the ground with her paws, trying to get him to come out.

    I thought I was destined for great things. But perhaps watching a puppy at play is God’s Greatest Gift.

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