A favorite author of my youth, Tom Robbins, wrote, “Once one pays some attention to something, then you begin to see evidence of it everywhere.”
To put it another way, from the Music Man, “There were bells on a hill but I never heard them ringing…Till there was you”
Both the book and the song call us to pay attention to that which is grabbing our attention. It could be because of a new friend or love, or awakening to a social justice problem, or any experience we have that changes or shifts
My family adapted this principle to real life, calling it “Blue Car Syndrome” recalling the year we got a blue car and we started to notice other blue cars. We had never noticed them particularly before, so why now? We asked ourselves, have there always been this many blue cars, or did we only start to notice, making it seem like there is some kind of trend? That was a long time ago but we still call it blue car syndrome when we pay attention to whether a trend is real, or whether it is simply that our attention shifted.
So in November, as the weather gets colder and we tend to have more of an inward focus, pay attention to what is getting your attention. Whatever that is also gets your energy and becomes your reality– your focus. We can feel isolated in our homes and read about how terrible and fearsome the world is, or we can pay attention to our blessings. Share the blessings in your life—but first remember to look for them. We can keep discipline logs or gratitude journals—which would you rather author?
Decide to pay attention to the good things in life and then when a problem does happen, it will be so out of place that you might decide to pay it attention just long enough to enact the needed change.
Attention will be paid somewhere; decide well where to spend it.
In peace with love,