Daily Meditation

Sometimes During the Day-Daily Meditation July 20, 2023

Today’s quotation:

Sometimes during the day, I consciously focus on some ordinary object and allow myself a momentary “paying attention.”  This paying attention gives meaning to my life.  I don’t know who it was, but someone said that careful attention to anything is a window into the universe.  Pausing to think this way, even briefly, is very important.  It gives quality to my day.-Robert Fulghum

Today’s Meditation:

I have to do this myself sometimes, too.  I have to force myself to stop what I’m doing, stop on the way to where I’m going, look around, find out where I am, what there is to see, and who’s there with me.  It’s so straightforward to be in motion, to have things to do so that we don’t even notice some of the marvelous things around us, like that fantastic tree or those flowers or the beautiful building across the street.

Fulghum calls it a “window into the universe.” I can see what he means.  When I pay close attention to whatever is around me, I get a different feeling of who I am and how I fit into life and this world.  When I pay close attention, I feel the interconnectedness between me and the things I see; I think of the vastness of creation and the closeness of all that has been created.  If I don’t pay close attention, that feeling of connection never comes, and my life is just a bit less rich.

The world around us is marvelous, and we can make our lives here a marvelous experience by paying attention to what we have and what surrounds us–the people, the trees and plants, the animals, the inventions of people, the rain, and the snow and the heat and the oxygen that we breathe.  But instead of paying attention to these things, we think about our jobs, the newest family drama, and the television shows we watched last night.  We get caught up in the mundane and forget that we constantly witness the miraculous.

Do you want to give quality to your day?  The good news is that it’s already there- you must choose to notice and pay attention to it.  Leave a few minutes early for work so that you can stop for a few minutes and pay attention to something extraordinary.  Put your phone away long enough to notice the roses or the daffodils or the autumn leaves.  There’s plenty here to keep us occupied our whole lives long, so let’s not complain of life not being special if we refuse to take the time to notice its specialness.

Questions to consider:

How often do we stop paying attention to “everyday” objects?

Why is it often so difficult to stop and notice something closely?

Why do we rarely see how unique so many things are?

For further thought:

If you can approach the world’s complexities, both its glories and its horrors, with an attitude of humble curiosity, acknowledging that however deeply you have seen, you have only scratched the surface, you will find worlds within worlds, beauties you could not heretofore imagine, and your mundane preoccupations will shrink to proper size, not all that important in the greater scheme of things.-Daniel C. Dennett

If you missed our last Daily Meditation, it is here.


BeckyWillis is a "glass is half full" type of person, so she decided that she would share that with others. After going on 15 years in the blogosphere she decided it was time to make a change and in doing so help uplift others. Her husband is her biggest cheerleader; you can visit his site at https://lifeasrog.com.

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