PAY ATTENTION

“Throughout life, we get clues that remind us of the direction we are supposed to be headed in.

 If you do not pay attention, then you make lousy choices and end up with a miserable life.

If you stay focused, then you learn your lessons and have a full and good life, including a good death.”

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, psychiatrist

Payday.

After you make the payment for the house and the car, you’ll need groceries. And then, waiting in line, are the folks from the electric company, the phone company, the insurance agency, the veterinarian, the exterminator, the paper boy, the people who take care of your lawn, the doctor, the dentist, and the kind soul who does your hair. Remember to pay for your dancing lessons, magazine subscriptions, the internet and dry cleaning. Rounding third and heading for home, don’t forget your gym membership and the AAA. Oh yeah, how about the plumber, and the auto repair shop.

Good luck if your taxes are due.

Now that we have crossed those items off the list, there is one more thing you need to pay. And this is very important.

You need to pay attention.

Did you see that amazing sunset yesterday?

Have you had a look at the moon and the stars lately?

When was the last time you watched the clouds drift across a blue sky?

Isn’t it a miracle how a tiny seed can become a tomato?

Can you hear that chorus of birds singing outside your window?

Unlike Broadway, Mother nature puts on some spectacular shows for free. They are Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. And you have season tickets. Pay attention.

In my opinion the most important thing you need to pay attention to is what pundits call the still small voice. For example, I play the drums mostly for my own enjoyment or to occasionally annoy my neighbors. But I probably wouldn’t be playing the drums if it was not for Ringo Starr the drummer for The Beatles.

As a young man growing up in Liverpool, England Ringo had a good job in a factory. And the fact that he could read blueprints assured him of steady work. When he wasn’t working, he was playing drums in a band called Rory Storm and The Hurricanes. When the band’s popularity grew, they were offered a full time job for the summer entertaining at a resort. This meant Ringo would have to give up his factory job if he wanted to stay in the band.

His family pleaded with him to keep the job that offered steady income and bread on the table. But Ringo heard that still small voice telling him his destiny was playing drums. So he quit the factory and in time, as his skill improved, was asked to join John, Paul, and George as one of The Beatles. If he had listened to his family, the world would have never heard of him.

What is the still small voice telling you?