We Need To Pay Attention!

How many of us these days are going through life glued to our phones, devices, not paying attention to anyone or anything around us.

I think our lives have become a bit narcissistic and voyeuristic. We are constantly checking in, taking selfies, and peering into other people’s lives. Does any of this help our personal growth? I don’t think so.

 I feel we are less connected than ever and it is getting worse. We are not participating in our own lives. These are moments we can never get back.

I don’t know about you, but I am getting pretty tired of it all. Social media has a place but it has taken over our lives. I am going to make some changes and take my life back.

I have decided I am going to make more of an effort to put my phone away and talk to people around me.

There are many people we need to meet; people who will brighten our day, or a story that may lift your spirits. Maybe, you can lift someone’s day by a kind word or a smile.

I met someone today who put a smile on my face and still makes me smile when I think of her.

This is Nancy.

I noticed her walking into the gym with her own basketball and a spring in her step. She was throwing her basketball up in the air like a kid would do. She immediately got my attention. She was clearly older than most people in the gym and yet had the gait and mannerisms of someone much younger.

She headed straight to the gymnasium and started shooting hoops. I was mesmerized as I watched her through the window. I finally decided I needed to meet this woman. I walked up to her and said she clearly knew how to handle a ball and what was her story.

Nancy is 70! She learned to play basketball as a young girl. They would not let her play on a boy’s team but the coach saw such potential in her that he showed her how to not only play, but shoot baskets. She became so good that she won the free throw contest at her high school.

She showed me how to properly shoot a basketball and explained that it is all technique. Which is why, she can still shoot a basketball with such accuracy. Watching her was a joy. She was swishing about 4 out of 5 balls.

She said I could write this blog about her and take some pictures.

I walked away with a smile and it made my day.

This would not have happened if I had been glued to my phone and self absorbed in my own world.

I would have missed this life moment.

My challenge to all of you is this season, is to put your devices down and interact with life.

Prepare to be amazed!



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