Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention. -Jim Rohn
One of the jewels in the crown of John Colet is the simple fact that we take the giving of attention seriously. Children being children, this can take a little coaxing, but, with a little encouragement, they can be astonishingly focused on their work, or each other. This is a master key which unlocks real treasure.
One of the many benefits of the pause between activities, for example, is that it gives an opportunity to rest in the Now, to feel the clothes on the skin, to hear the birds singing, to taste, to smell and so on. This strengthens the ability to give attention.
To be able to give attention, rather than have it stolen away by every passing fancy, is a very powerful position. Attention focuses the intelligence, passion, will and skill on the point where the activity is taking place. The man or woman who has command of their attention can accomplish anything they set their mind to.
And in our relationships, giving attention to each other deepens our connections, develops empathy, and allows love to flow freely.