It’s easy to get lost.
To go hours on autopilot.
To get to where you’re going and have no clue how.
Even easier to wake up a month from now and wonder what just happened? Unsure of where all that time went, much less of what you accomplished.
That’s why, today more so than ever before, it’s so important to create habits that force us to pay attention.
Habits like Closing The Door.
Think back to the last time you opened a door in public. Now try and remember if you closed it.
Did you take the time to make sure there wasn’t anyone leaving behind you, someone you could hold the door for? And if so, did you look at them? Not all creepy like, but just glance. Smile, maybe, even if it’s uncomfortable.
Who knows, maybe you’d be the first person to smile at them in a week. It’s not hard to play that scenario out. Perhaps your smile is the reason they didn’t swallow a bullet when they went home.
Or maybe you just get a moment to focus on something other than yourself and your circumstances. Perhaps closing the door forces you to see the suffering of others and realize you’re not alone.
Or maybe you see the beauty dancing in the world around you; An old man holding his old wife’s hand. A single mother smiling at her son. Any act of kindness that proves people aren’t all bad.
But we are self-absorbed, judgmental, and often ignorant of everything that doesn’t immediately concern us. And that’s too bad. Because while there’s a lot to hate about this life, there’s a lot to love too. An entire world just waiting for us to pay attention.