Pay attention, and attention pays you back in great abundance. Be willing to see clearly what is going on around you, and act on what you see.
Even the most obvious truths can be easy to ignore when they first become evident. But ignoring the truth does not make it go away.
When you sense an opportunity, pay attention. When you feel something isn’t right, do the work to pay close attention.
What starts as a frivolous trend can soon become an unstoppable force. What first appears as a minor annoyance can morph into an overwhelming burden.
Pay attention, and notice new developments while you still have the power to create maximum benefit with them, or subdue them, or at least get out of their way. Pay attention today, or tomorrow you will desperately wish you had.
Blissful ignorance can feel good for a moment, but it’s a tragically insufficient long-term strategy. Pay attention, and gain the wherewithal to thrive as present realities give birth to their consequences in the future.
By avoiding difficulties you prolong them and expand them into greater difficulties. It is by accepting difficulties that you are able to transcend them.
What difficult task are you hiding from, or putting off, or pretending is not necessary? What difficult conversation are you steering clear of, afraid to initiate?
Those difficulties have the power to change your life for the better, if you will deal with them. Or they will eventually and surely overwhelm you when you continue to run away from them.
Much of what makes any difficulty so difficult is your reluctance to confront it. Do you understand how much power that fact gives you?
What is easy is never very worthwhile, and what is difficult always results in some kind of real value. Anyone who promises something for nothing is not only lying but is disrespecting you in the worst possible way.
Do the difficult work, face up to the difficult interactions, and emerge with new value, new goodness. Your life, your potential, and your world are all worthy and deserving of the best you can give.