It was an old joke, "I'm too broke to pay attention."
Make an installment for starters.
This is a pay-as-you-go situation.
You can only pay attention in the moment. You can reflect on the past and imagine the future, but you can only pay attention now.
Where Will Your Focus Be?
You have a limited supply of attention to give and you can only really pay attention to one thing at a time. There will be a focus and everything else will be peripheral.
You decide where to focus.
You get to choose where you will spend your attention.
Things that deserve my attention today, this day. Tomorrow may vary slightly:
#1 - Being in an honest and transparent relationship with God and with the people in my life.
#2 - Making positive change in the world in those areas where I have influence where I am with what I have to offer.
#3- Paying attention to issues that involve correcting justice in PUBLIC policy, international diplomacy, matters of war and peace, issues of oppression and other areas where my influence, vote, or comments may count.
4- Encouraging, inspiring, motivating, and uplifting people.5 - Doing my work and minding my own business.
6 - Listening to God speak to me through the voices of other people and through their helping hands.
7- #19,976 - A variety of things because there will always be a variety and some things cannot be anticipated.
#19,977 (if that high) - The personal scandals of high profile people (apparently somewhere between 1-4 on many peoples lists).
These are mine.
What are yours?
What if you paused for five minutes and wrote them down.
"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Where and how you focus attention, conversation, thought, and vision mean everything to the course of your day and, ultimately, your life.