I did well in high school. Certain subjects came easy for me. Others, I had to put in a lot of study hours if I were to excel. I would have gone on to college had the finances been there. Scholarships and grants were not something I qualified for. So, off to business college I went. I have to thank that for my fast typing skills.
In every aspect of our life, we are called to study. We study in school, on the job and the attitudes of those around us. But studying is not enough. If we are to acquire wisdom in an area, we must be more observant.
Observe – to see and notice (someone or something)
This got me thinking about what my attention is fixed on while discussing life with friends. When they take the time to open their heats to me in conversation, am I listening? Do I really “see” them? It’s one thing to study their faces to know if they are happy, sad or depressed, but it’s a whole other thing to be observant. Are they afraid to look me in the eye when they talk? This could express guilt or shame. Are they fidgeting in their chair? This could express anxiety or the desire to want to run away.
I spent a lot of time studying in school and getting good grades. But in life, I want to acquire wisdom, that kind that only comes by observing the people and things around me. I don’t just want to be there for someone and give my ear, I want to give my full attention my observing their attitudes, mannerisms and facial expressions.
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And now I continue to list the beauty that I’m finding in my every day life.
141. Picking up momentum in week three of my new lifestyle of eating.
142. Creativity in meal planning and grocery shopping.
143. A husband who fully supports my efforts and cheers me on.
144. Children who are willing to try the food I make, at least once.
145. His power, perfected in my weakness.
146. The evidence of His love through others.
147. Watching my children become more self sufficient and make good choices.
148. Daily writing in October going smoothly.
149. Knowing that the sun rises again each morning.
150. New worship music that is ministering to my spirit.
How are you learning to be more observant in your relationships and in your surroundings?
This post is part of a 31 Day series entitled Embrace, where I will be sharing images, quotes and words that I hope will stir your soul. You can find each post in this series here. Together, let’s embrace every day and the beauty that each one holds.
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I am looking forward to reading your posts and visiting your blogs this week!
It is time to share the glimpses of beauty found this week.
Words written, gratitude given, photos taken, things created — anything that reflects the beauty of God revealed in your ordinary life.
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