Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Look At All You're Missing.
Yesterday my son took down the outside Christmas lights. He rolled them neatly and put them in a labeled bag for next year. I thanked him for a job well done and then told him I would also like him to start paying more attention to other things. He was so smug with his perfection in this chore he could not imagine what I would possibly have to add and so asked, "What do you mean?" I explained that the empty recycle garbage can was sitting there outside, near where he was working. I would have liked for him to have noticed that and returned the empty container to the garage. To pay attention. To everything. I told him what I told his brothers the night before...when we notice we give God glory for his creation and we become smarter in the process. Pay attention to the sunset, it's different every day!, look and see the branches on a tree or a single snowflake, how could anyone doubt?, taste the blend of flavors in the salad, you'll appreciate my efforts more and stay healthy by just observing what you're eating ...look around and a whole new world opens up. Not one the boys said a word, but I could see the wheels in their heads spinning, and I knew they were thinking about what I meant. Last night before bed, my younger son said to me, "Mom, I love all the upgrades in the house." I asked, "What up grades?" He said. "Those new blankets on the sofa. They are warm and comfortable." I smiled when I realized he was trying to pay attention and then I laughed at his definition of upgrades! So this morning I was preparing dinner. I had spices all over the counters and veggies half chopped on a cutting board. The phone rang and I walked upstairs to talk to my girlfriend. When I came back in the kitchen to finish what I was doing, my oldest son was sitting at the table eating cereal and questioned me, "Did you notice?" I asked, "Notice what?" He told me how he noticed the kitchen was a mess so he cleaned it....so far so good.
Posted by Annmarie Pipa at 1:05 PM