Attention: Simple Yet Profound

May 20, 2008 at 12:18 pm 4 comments

I’ve had this quote on my fridge for years now, and a friend who visited recently emailed me after she got home and asked me for the quote.  It really is a profound concept, which speaks so aptly to Having Enough:

Attention is the most basic form of love; through it we bless and are blessed.” – John Tarrant.

The quote helps me stop if I’m feeling rushed to do too many things.  Stop and pay attention.  If I’m frustrated with the demands of a toddler.  Stop and pay attention.  Time goes all too fast.  If my husband and I are butting heads; stop and pay attention.  He just wants attention, too.

It goes with another tenet I love, from Jack Kornfield, I think:  At the bottom of it all, everyone just wants to be appreciated and understood.

To do this, we must pay attention.  I must pay attention.

I don’t think I’ll ever remove that quote from my fridge.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mrs. Jones (aka Sugar)  |  May 22, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Megan, you are so right! It doesn’t take a lot of extra energy and it’s usually free… but how stingy some people are with their attention. My soon-to-be ex-husband never quite got this simple truth… darn.

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  • 2. rowena  |  May 22, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    That is true. The toddler whining to be picked up isn’t so far off from the grown up picking fights for no reason.

    Attention.

    I wonder how it would be to pay attention to the people in our lives the way we try to pay attention to, say a flower, or a meal, or a sunset.

    Hmmm.

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  • 3. Christina  |  May 24, 2008 at 8:51 am

    I’m so glad that I saw this quote on your fridge! There’s a company that puts out meditation/yoga/etc. materials and they are called “Sounds True.” This is one of those quotes that I hear and my first thought is “sounds true!”

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  • 4. Jena  |  May 27, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Almost painful to read today, as I own up to how often I don’t stop to pay attention. Or is that me being hard on myself?

    Reply

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