I made the comment earlier tonight that paying attention was becoming a lost art. I’m not just referring to listening to your partner (guys – you know we are not great in that department), but also to the art of observation, interpretation and then action based on something we paid close attention to.
Most often paying attention relates to learning something, or recognizing something. But I find myself using the word to describe situations where we are not fully checked in.
In modern parlance it is referred to as mindfulness. Some call it presence, my grandfather would have called it manners.
You are supposed to be present, pay attention and respond and act demonstrating that you have learned something. Could be something simple as someone’s name or something complicated from a physics class.
The point is, the human brain has the ability to connect with and absorb pretty much everything we expose it to.
We just have to let it.