Sunday, July 10, 2016

Thoughts - July 10, 2016

“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.”
― Mary Oliver.
So, are you someone who pays attention? Not necessarily to "details" but, rather, to the people and situations around you? I'm asking myself that question these days. In the past, I would say I was good at noticing things awry. Nurses are trained to notice. Plus, being a bit nosy is occasionally an asset. Not being able to see very well during my eye difficulties made paying attention impossible. At least in a visual way. Pauses and sighs and whimpers in conversation let me know a friend may be hurting. The smell of fear or discouragement was more apparent. The disruption of a neighbor's routine signaled distress. I'm slowly getting back to the proper and endless work of paying the natural world around me, as well as friends and family. And, hopefully, noticing the Good Samaritan's stranger...whomever that might be. - Beth Almond Ford

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