Day 2767: Paying attention

Here and now, I’m paying attention to these quotes about paying attention:

“The right way to begin is to pay attention to the young, and make them just as good as possible.” — Socrates

“Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes.” — Antisthenes

“If you’re not nervous then you’re not paying attention.” — Miles Davis

“If you’re not confused, you’re not paying attention.” — Tom Peters

“The difference between hearing and listening is paying attention.” — Ruth Messinger

“If you pay attention to when you are hungry,  what your body wants, what you’re eating, when you’ve had enough, you end the obsession because obsession and awareness cannot coexist.” — Geneen Roth

“When you really pay attention, everything is your teacher.” — Ezra Bayda

“All you have to do is pay attention: lessons always arrive when you are ready, and if you can read the signs, you will learn everything you need to know in order to take the next step.”  —Paulo Coelho

“The universe is full of noise.  True wisdom is in knowing what to pay attention to.” — Debasish Mridha

“Pay more attention to the silence than to the sounds. Paying attention to outer silence creates inner silence: the mind becomes still.  A portal is opening up.” — Eckhart Tolle

“Pay attention to the little things.  They’re more important than you think.”  — Matt Gutierrez

“Don’t beg for attention; pay attention to your dreams and others will pay attention to you.” — Israelmore Ayivor

“People will reveal who they are if you just pay attention.”  — Germany Kent

“Pay attention to the gentle ones, the ones who can hold your gaze with no discomfort, the ones who smile to themselves while sitting alone in a coffee shop, the ones who walk as if floating. Take them in and marvel at them.  Simply marvel. It takes an extraordinary person to carry themselves as if they do not live in hell.” —  D. Bunyavong

“Pay attention to what you don’t see.” — Tia DeShay

“Pay attention to the beauty surrounding you.” — Anne Lamott

“The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way.”  — Keanu Reeves

“You’ll have bad times.  But that’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” — Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting

“Difficulties come when you don’t pay attention to life’s whisper. Life always whispers to you first, but if you ignore the whisper, sooner or later you’ll get a scream.” — Oprah Winfrey

“Paying attention is the most basic and profound expression of love.” —Tara Brach

“The greatest act of love is to pay attention.” — Diane Sawyer

“Every single person has a story that will break your heart.  And if you’re paying attention, many people have a story that will bring you to your knees.  Nobody rides for free.”  — Brené Brown

“I understand now that I’m not a mess but a deeply feeling person in a messy world. I explain that now, when someone asks me why I cry so often, ‘For the same reason I laugh so often — because I’m paying attention.’ ” — Glennon Doyle

“But when we observe, we are forced to pay attention.  We have to move from passive absorption to active awareness. We have to engage.” —  Maria Konnikova

“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” — Mary Oliver

Now it’s time to be paying attention to my latest photos.



















If you’re paying attention, you might notice a typo in that job description. What else are you paying attention to?

Here‘s “Pay Attention” from Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.

As always, I’m paying attention to gratitude, so thanks to all who help me pay attention to this daily blog, including YOU.



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29 thoughts on “Day 2767: Paying attention

  1. It’s well worth paying attention to Anna Karenina

  2. You always grab my attention, Ann.

  3. Are you thinking of applying to that job? Are you worried that COVID-19 damaged your heart? Do you have a story to share about that lovely china plate? (Or is it a serving dish?)

    • I did discuss that job with upper management but it would have required my giving up my groups, which require my attention. I don’t think COVID-19 damaged my heart but I will bring that article to Dr. Salem’s attention when I talk to him next week. And that lovely plate grabbed my attention when I was a child and I’m happy to have it in my home now. Thank you as always, Maureen, for your lovely attention.

  4. What a phenomenal list of quotes related to paying attention … so thought-provoking! We (Bob & I) have chatted about them – one at a time – for an hour this morning. And we have a rendezvous with friends this evening at which time we’re thinking these would be wonderful springboards. Thank you so much, Ann, for finding and sharing all these. Ah, paying attention is indeed the greatest act of love! ❤️

  5. This weekend I gave a presentation on flash fiction and I knew people were paying attention when I gave the audience a one-word summary of a novel, “Anna’s desire for a passionate affair only ended when she leapt in front of an oncoming train,” and they correctly guessed it was Anna Karenina.
    Paying attention can really pay off.

  6. I just finished reading Anna Karenina last month! What a small world! See… I DID pay attention!

  7. I’m paying attention to your post…..◦°˚\(*❛‿❛)/˚°◦

  8. I always pay attention to your mixed media messages. they challenge me to use all different parts of my brain. and everyone is always looking for a good manger, they are hard to come by these days.

  9. puella33

    I’m paying attention to all your messages, but I focus on your lovely pictures, as it is an escape . Ann, Do I see an outdoor elevator on the deck? It’s a brilliant idea.

  10. “Pay no attention to the faults of others, things done or left undone by others. Consider only what by oneself is done or left undone.”- Buddha

  11. Loved your provocative set of quotes, Ann. So many jewels there. Paying attention…it costs us little, yet pays such generous rewards. So glad I paid attention to your post this morning. It set me up for a mindful day. 💕

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