Attentiveness In the Community

vs. distraction

Concentrating on the person or task before me

To practice Attentiveness I will:

  • make eye contact
  • ask questions when I do not understand
  • set the intention to listen
  • not make it about me
  • tune out distractions

Paying attention to people or tasks requires concentration and focus. Driving is just one example where we can see that being attentive to a small detail can make the difference between a close call and a tragedy. The same can be said for communication within relationships. How often have we been in conversation with someone and knew they were not paying attention to the point we were making? Probably as many times as we have been the one not paying enough attention to what someone was trying to communicate to us. It takes more than just listening to someone else. It takes reading between the lines, watching for clues in body language, facial expressions, and voice inflections. It takes caring enough to spend the energy to block out distractions, formulate relevant questions and respond positively and appropriately. That’s a lot of work in a few seconds. It is a skill that must be practiced to be acquired.

This month, determine who in your life has not had your full attention and practice listening attentively.

Family Activity: The Focus Game

No Matter How You Say It: Attentiveness

Teambuilding: Snowballs

September Character All Month

See NationalToday and BrownieLocks for more information on these and other holidays to celebrate this month. Day in September Holiday How to Commemorate with Character 1 World Letter Writing Day Today is World Letter Writing Day. Who do you know that would love to...

First Day Of Autumn

Make a Character Tree to identify character-based behavior on which you can focus. You can either draw or print a picture of a tree. Write suggestions of good behaviors on cutouts of leaves. If you write in a bold black marker, the children can color them with fall...

Day of Encouragement

Day of Encouragement (Sept 12) was started in 2007 by a group of Searcy, Arkansas teenagers who felt that encouragement could help many teens face their problems. The Mayor of Searcy proclaimed September 12, Day of Encouragement. A similar proclamation was made by the...