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Clients often talk about my "special gift", like it's something I was lucky enough to be "given", or "born with", that nobody else has.
I definitely agree that we are all unique and different, but I want to make clear that we are ALL gifted . That gift?
The ability to focus our ATTENTION to ANYTHING we choose.
That's right, we all have this gift and we get to choose how to use it.
The other day I wanted to learn how to operate a puppet I just got. There was so much lead up to the creation and delivery of this puppet, I was sooooooo excited to play with it! After a brief stint of fumbling with the rods and making really funny faces (so I'm told), I realized I had never actually paid attention to how puppeteers operated puppets?........ How many times had I enjoyed "Fraggle Rock" or "The Muppets" as a kid, without ever caring to know what happened behind the scenes, and how the puppeteers made them 'perform'. Such small precise movements that brought playful life into otherwise lifeless, colourful felt, and foam. Truth be told, (and I'm pretty sure I share the same view with so many other kids) that although I knew they were just puppets in my mind, it was much more exciting to think they were actually LIVING and REAL characters. That when the show was over, they went back to their foam families to eat foam food and have foam poops before bed just like everyone else right?!
No surprise that years later I want a puppet. So I can bring this same enchanting idea alive for my book Peanut Butter and Flying Taco. What better way to insert imagination than superimposing yourself onto a cute lovable rabbit with a funny sense of humour!
I turned on my handy tablet, taking a second to be amazed with technology. The fact that this vast sea of wisdom is now available at our fingertips within seconds is truly amazing. A reality our kids will know only as a "norm".
Ten minutes later I used my new found "you tube" accumulated wisdom to play with my puppet in a brand new way! It came to life literally in my hands. Needless to say, there was a lot of laughing and talking to myself involved in the whole experience.
The magic of our attention is so basic and ever present that we seem to forget how amazing it is.
Think of it...... as soon as you bring your attention to something, it already changes it, just by being noticed. Whether it's listening to a friend, deciding to learn something new, or stepping into an altogether different perspective of something. You've heard the old driving adage that says "where your eyes go, you naturally steer towards". That's truly the same in life, we just forget we're behind the wheel sometimes, and that we have full control to take command back from the autopilot.
I don't try to control my world, there are oh so many dynamics at work there. But when I trust in being able to shift my attention, I know my world shifts. I learn and grow, AND fun stuff always happens, when I take back the wheel.