Pay Attention To The World

Love words, agonize over sentences. And pay attention to the world. — Susan Sontag.

Susan was answering a question about what writers should do, but I think her advise about attention to the world goes much further than writers. As I compose my list of resolutions for 2020 and beyond, “paying attention to the world” ranks high on my list. It is so easy, especially as we get older, to limit the things that are important to a few things that affect our daily lives. The world’s problems and concerns no longer become ours, but this attitude limits ourselves and the world’s future.

My daughter correctly tells me it is time to “pass the torch” when it comes to politics. She is correct that my generation, especially we males, have made a mess of things, and we need to turn things over to people with fresh ideas. I don’t disagree, but that doesn’t mean that people of my generation should not be paying attention or offer the wisdom we have accumulated.

A long time ago, my coaches and teachers would constantly remind us to “pay attention to the smallest of details.” Bad grammar, bad form, and wrong attitudes were important. Time hasn’t changed the importance of paying attention to the small details. My resolution list grows, but in a good way. How about you?

 

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, are published by Beaufort Books and are available online, in your local bookstore, or you can order autographed copies at webbhubbell.com. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

1 Comment +

  1. 2020
    Clearly see the changes needed.
    Talk to friends and see what collectively you can do to effect change.
    Little Things Matter.
    Big issues need our collective wisdom, creativity and energy to be resolved.
    We had the “Roaring Twenties” in the last century; let’s see how much “uproar” we can foster in this century!!!

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