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.  Don’t let the media convince you to covet lives of celebrities.  Own your attention – it’s all you really have.”

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