The Utility Skill

“If I have made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other talent.”

Sir Isaac Newton

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Attention.

It’s the ability to focus the mind in a present state of patient observation.

It’s the utility skill — the one thing that will help you with everything.

On the offence, you can pay attention to solve a problem, feel grateful for something, or to deepen a relationship.

On the defence, you can pay attention to spot an error or to recognize when you’re going off course.

And if you don’t pay attention, your lights will go out. When that happens, we begin to drift through life unconscious of reality — even unconscious of our unconsciousness.

When you pay attention, all kinds of things become possible — everything from concrete accomplishments to the feelings of joy and gratitude.

Hey, it is Canadian Thanksgiving, after all.


Hi, I’m Michael and this is my daily project where I write about diverse ideas.

This is Dose #116.

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