Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity. Simone Weil
To give someone your full attention is to make them the center of your universe for a moment in time. Who they are, what they want, what they need, what they’re going through, or what makes them light up becomes the sole occupation of your mind and heart. Your busy mind that has a hundred items on its to-do list, a dozen scenarios to worry about, and multiple responsibilities to juggle, let’s all of that go. And focuses on the person in front of you.
Giving our full attention is no easy feat, and that’s why it is so rare. But it is the most generous thing we can give, because it means so much to those who receive it. Our deepest human need is to be loved, and when someone listens to us and understands us and SEES us, we feel loved. Maybe even more importantly, we feel WORTHY of love, because if someone is willing to make us the center of their universe for a little while, we must be pretty darn special.
Giving someone your full attention communicates your love, tells them they are worthy of love, and is the greatest gift you can give.
Who needs your full attention today?