Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 4/9/18

Have you ever looked up and suddenly seen someone you know (or someone famous) on an airplane, or in a lounge, or even on the street? Sometimes it’s a schoolmate from ages ago, sometimes a rock star, sometimes a politician. (I was sitting near Henry Kissinger in the Amtrak Club in New York City not long ago.)

But the real amazement is how many of these people we miss by not looking up. We’re too often in our own small world, with our noses buried in our phone or our attention captured by some game. The real shock is how many people and situations we’re missing.

Many years ago, in an experiment to see if people would really notice UFOs, the Air Force lit up a huge weather balloon when it was over a crowded football stadium during a night game. No one reported it! A family failed to heed three announcements and the stopping of the train the other day and nearly missed getting off in Philadelphia (the next stop was Newark). A kind conductor held the train even though the doors had closed and the next stop had been announced.

Those of us who are often deemed “lucky” or are more opportunistic are simply paying more attention, staying in the moment, eschewing the need to deal with the world virtually when the real thing is all around us.

The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness. —Lao Tzu

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