Although I don’t think attending is a superpower, some days I wish it was. On those days, I think if one more person promises that he or she has the superpower to right all wrongs and save US from THEM, I daydream about sticking a pencil in my (or someone else’s) eye. On my better days, however, I choose to acknowledge that while I have no superpowers and am responsible TO the World – I’m not responsible FOR it. I’m responsible FOR my life and how I choose to live it.
To that end, I will attend to what and whom I can. And I’ll remember that I don’t have to attend every argument, drama or political whack-o-doodleness to which I’m invited. Each Sunday, I’ll share something here – an image, a poem, a song or maybe even a story that’s helped me attend to what I can that week.
This week was filled with proundly sacred opportunities to attend to my practice of storytelling and storylistening. One of the stories I heard, Injust have to share. You might have already heard this great story of attending to What’s Important, but in case not, ENJOY.
Postscript – from what I can determine, this man is currently 102 and still attending to what’s important to him.
How/what/whom have you attended lately?
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This man and his story are wonderful!!!
Talk about dying to self & living for others…There was a time (when I was older) that hearing stories about people like this man elicited the thought “I could NEVER be that GOOD.” Now that I’m younger, I realize that being good is so not what it’s about. Today, reading this man’s story made me ask myself, “What is one truly unselfish thing that I could do for someone else TODAY?” I was inspired to act in a way that was possible for me instead of uselessly comparing myself to some IMpossible standard of “goodness” and using that as an excuse to do nothing.
yep, Dobri definitely adds a whole new dimension to ATTENDING. so glad y’all enjoyed. thanks for ATTENDING with me. thanks, too, to all who responded more privately.