I have watched this dog for a few years walking around my neighborhood. I don’t know where his home is but he’s always hanging out near a popular eatery. I see him in the dead of winter and on the hottest day of the year. And he’s never around other dogs.
I saw him one morning standing in the middle of the empty parking lot. By himself, as usual. He was intent on listening. With his ears perked up, he was watching and listening for something or someone. He stood there for a couple of minutes, long enough for me to take some pictures. This was my chance to actually see him up close. Yea!
As he stood there, he would turn his head back in a way as if he had heard his master calling. But there was no misunderstanding about it, he was fully listening and watching someone or something in the opposite direction.
Who, or what, catches your attention? Who, or what causes you to listen when your attention should be elsewhere? Some young people are so fixated on certain people in the entertainment industry. They are easily swayed by the music and lyrics that they listen to. Sometimes they imitate what they see and hear. This could be a problem if their imitation is in a destructive way. In this case, young people should listen to their parents when they ask them to change direction, to get off the destructive path they’re on. It isn’t only the entertainment industry. There are so many other factors vying for, not only their attention, but grown ups, as well. We need to be mindful of who or what we’re listening to on a daily basis. Let’s make sure we listen to words that motivate us in doing good, in building one another up, and moving us forward in positive ways.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring…all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia