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Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
-- William Butler Yeats


Tuesday, March 16, 1999

Attention, please

Wherever you are, be there. Whatever you’re doing, do it. Your attention is valuable and it is powerful. When you give your full attention to your work, your performance improves dramatically. When you give your full attention to other people, you build strong and beneficial relationships.

Attempting too many things at once will dilute the strength of your attention. Instead of getting a lot of things accomplished, you mainly create a lot of frustration. When something is important enough for you to spend your time on, it’s important enough to deserve your total focus.

In your relationships with others, nothing you can give is more appreciated than your sincere, focused attention. It is indeed one of the most valuable things you can contribute to any relationship.

And remember to pay attention to yourself, too. You have a lifetime of insight and experience. Listen to it often. Your dreams and ambitions have the power to push you forward no matter what stands in your way. Pay attention to them.

Be here, now. Open your eyes and focus your thoughts. Don’t miss out on the abundance of life that’s right in front of your nose. Pay attention.

— Ralph Marston

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