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If We Pay Attention

You are to pay special attention to those who by accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you. ~ Saint Augustine

We came into closer connection with a lot of people on our trip to Colorado.

We exchanged smiles or nods with most of the people we saw. I raised my hand slightly as I passed fellow runners on the trails. Hikers seem especially courteous.

Words were exchanged with some of the people. An older gentleman commented on the collegiate sweatshirt my daughter was wearing while eating breakfast one day. While strolling downtown, a shopkeeper let us know she could see we weren’t from around there. That started a really nice conversation with her.

The waiter at the restaurant chuckled when my daughter ordered sweet tea then offered her something else.

We met a mother and daughter from Chicago on one of our hikes. The daughter is looking at the local college. Her mother was nervous on the hike, worried about bears and mountain lions but mostly the edges of the mountains and going higher and higher.

We met our son’s friends for the first time. We cooked for them and ate with them, and looked them in the eyes when we asked them about their lives. I think we were more interested in them than they were in us.

But it was so good to come into closer connection with them.

We learn from others. About them and ourselves. About who we were and who we are and sometimes about who we want to be. We learn about humanity in general.

If we pay attention.

Each one of us has a story. An important one. And we are changed by them.

If we pay attention.

Even from a distance we can be changed and learn from others. I don’t know the climber pictured here on the mountain. When I saw him I was impressed with his smallness. From observing him, I learn that he is brave and he invested a lot of time to be on that mountain.

I’m sure he felt his smallness and that his heart was full of awe and wonder.

Mine was.

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  2. John Griffith on November 1, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Great post baby!

    • mariegriffith on November 1, 2016 at 7:39 am

      Thank you. I’m so thankful for our trip.

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    I love the Augustin quote and your reflection. I’ll have to return here often. Quite a lovely blog.

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  8. Madame Zenista on April 28, 2017 at 4:51 am

    The quote will stay with me- thank you for sharing.
    Great post and the picture!

  9. sustainabilitea on April 30, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Sounds like an excellent trip!

    janet

    • mariegriffith on May 1, 2017 at 6:11 am

      It was….we had such a wonderful time. Thank you.

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