Recently, Shane turned his attention to Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life by Winifred Gallagher. Rapt explains that we create our lives by focusing our attention, or not, on certain aspects of the world around us. Attention is “the concentration of the mental powers” and, Gallagher points out, we have the ability to control what we pay attention to. That being the case, focusing on the good will expand your world and make you healthier and happier.
While we often can’t control what comes our way, we can control how we react to it. This is the flip side of the failure narrative which emphasizes failure with little or no reference to success. This is not only unproductive, it’s unhealthy. To paraphrase Parris: pay attention to what it is you pay attention to.