taking attendance – week four

My word for 2016 is ATTEND. attending girl

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?

4 thoughts on “taking attendance – week four

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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