The ring of my cell phone is a cue for me to be alert. When I watch a musician, I am reminded of the importance of focused attention. Greeting a family member, friend or colleague, I vow to be attentive to his or her needs today.
Attention or alertness is also known as mindfulness, concentration, and recollection. We must stay alert or we risk missing critical elements in life – moments of grace, opportunities for gratitude, evidence of our connections to others, times of inspiration.