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The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
-- Plutarch
 

 

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Pay attention

Life offers treasures in every moment. Pay attention, and bring the value of those treasures into your life.

Listen carefully, respectfully to what people say, especially if you disagree with them. You have the opportunity to benefit from another person’s entire lifetime of experience, so listen, and learn.

Take in the endless richness of the world around you. See the beauty that’s always there, watch for the dangers, attune yourself to the possibilities.

Your thoughts, your sensations, your values sit firmly at the center of your awareness. Yet there is infinitely more to life than your own limited concerns.

Make the smart choice to direct your awareness outward. Don’t get so caught up in your own thoughts and feelings that you ignore the immense value and wisdom outside you.

Pay attention to what has happened, to what is going on, to what can be. And you’ll greatly expand your opportunities for a rich and fulfilling life.

— Ralph Marston

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