A full moon in the night sky, spring blossoms on trees, the sunlight shining through the window, well-crafted words. How many times do we stop and just pay attention? If you’re like me, you have to stop on purpose. Our society has accepted that everything comes instantly to us now–from having microwave ovens to having cell phones you can carry everywhere to going to a drive-through restaurant. When was the last time you actually stopped and paid attention to what was going on around you? Paid attention to the people around you? To the words you were saying? Or the words you were typing on the computer? It takes time to write words that are worthwhile to read, takes time to build relationships, either in real life or through the written word. Paying attention to the world around you can even bring topics to write about to the forefront of your mind.  So, the next time you’re tempted to be in a hurry, stop, and pay attention to world around you. You won’t be sorry.

Until next time, be real!