What takes your attention?

As a parent, as an educator and a general member of society I find I am constantly being bombarded with decision making on how to spend time, how to spend money and what to involve the kids in. The kids come home with so many different opportunities as to how they can spend their time. It can be exhausting working out what to say yes and no to. It is easy to get caught up in what we think we should be doing instead of what we need to be doing.

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Jonathan Harris has had many opportunities in life. ( See the full article in ‘Daily Good‘) He has traveled the world, including visiting Richard Branson’s island as a guest. Jonathan was on the cusp of launching a company when he realised that that was not where he wanted to put his attention. The way he expressed how he felt is worth sharing.

“We have these brief lives, and our only real choice is how we will fill them. Your attention is precious. Don’t squander it. Don’t throw it away. Don’t let companies and products steal it from you. Don’t let advertisers trick you into lusting after things you don’t need.Β  Don’t let the media convince you to covet lives of celebrities.Β  Own your attention – it’s all you really have.”

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8 thoughts on “What takes your attention?

  1. That is a very sobering quote. But it is also a very liberating quote if we will grasp it. Thanks for sharing this Rebekah. It takes true courage to pay attention to the true things in life, and not to sense ‘I might miss’ out if I don’t give attention to what the world says gives life. Keep on in the truth! Mavis

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    • You are so right, there is great added pressure in thinking that we might miss out or that our kids will never be as good if they don’t take part in some things. Thanks for the added insight! love R x

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  2. Your doing great! I liked the pictures! I had a bit of trouble understanding it in parts but I think I got the main idea.
    Love you lots.
    Love Noah xxxoxoxoxoxoxxxxxoxoxoxxxoxoxooxxxoxoxoxxoxxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxx
    πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

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  3. I too have been thinking in a similar way, ie ” Where your treasure is – ( attention or pleasure ) there will your heart be also.”.
    I am glad for the unity in thoughts .Love GDT.

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