Word Up of the Week: Attention

Welcome to the “Word Up” for this week – weekly inspiration and insights on everyday words; exploring the power and meaning behind them.

When words are kind and true, they can change our world” ~ Buddha

Attention >

Notice taken of someone or something. The regarding of someone or something as interesting and important.

Quick thinking for you ~

  • Who do you know who deserves a bit more of your attention?
  • What 3 things could you do to let them know you’re taking notice of them?
  • Notice where you put your attention and that it’s given to someone or something interesting and important to you.

Or put another way:

Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.

~ Jim Rohn

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11 thoughts on “Word Up of the Week: Attention

  1. Hi, Kay – I love this one.

    And it reminds me of one of the more compelling pieces of advice I have heard, for when you’re feeling down…figure out what it is you want – and then go find someone to give that to. Not altogether sure of the connection, but somehow that feels like a nice piece of attention, used well.

    hugs, and thanks!


  2. I LOVE this word, attention! Whatever you focus upon expands. Whatever you appreciate, appreciates. It is important to be discerning about where we put our attention on. It can either lift us up or drag us down. Love, Rita

    1. Rita, you’re so right. Pay attention is so true an expression but Invest attention is probably more spot on. Where you invest it you are rewarded… K x

  3. “Attention” is a wonderful word. It reminds me that when my attention is turned toward the pile of tasks before me, it then becomes redirected to stress and feelings of overwhelm. But as I recognize the tasks as being a sign that my work is continuing and I am living my dream, it becomes a “get to” instead of a “have to.” I breathe easier, the people in my life receive my love and attention appropriately and so does my work. Lovely reminder. Thank you.

    1. Thank you Candace for your insightful comment on ‘Attention’. A lovely reminder and to focus on living your dream. Warmly to you x Kay

  4. Hi Kay,
    just running through the inbox after the hols; it strikes me that of all the business messages, newsletters, blogs, world news headlines &c &c I am always drawn to yours and whilst I flag many to read later, I never do and only realise that I haven’t when the next one arrives. It’s either your personality, the perceptiveness of your messages, the way they stand out or all of that that causes me to pause and reflect.

    The books I’m reading at present include Hahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow; Jerusalem by Simon Sebag-Montefiore; Private Empire, ExxonMobil and American Power by Steve Coll and The Answer by John Assaraf and Murray Smith. Just getting involved with a focus on family business which fits really well with everything else: business and leadership coaching and poetry in business.

    Hope you had a great Christmas and here’s looking forward to a fascinating and successful 2013.

    “Nothing is so often and so irrevocably missed as the opportunity that crops up daily.” Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach, Austria 1830-1916

  5. Hi KAY,

    I am working on maintaining my set boundaries with a negative self centred person. They try to come back in my life and connect. I refuse the connection and am attempting a email to congratulate a success and not encourage contact. Though it’s complicated I know a positive assertive response will be an asset to stopping or discouraging their negativity. Trusting God and listening to my intuition creates confidence for success in this situation.

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