Sometimes I wonder if being aware is one of the huge secrets of life! It is another one of those magic life lessons that no one ever talks about! I thought being aware and paying attention were the same thing. I can remember as a child teachers scolding me. “You do not pay attention”, but that was in school and for the most part it was boring and for the geeky kids...I wanted to so badly to be cool! I do not think anyone ever told me exactly what being AWARE was and that it was not just about paying attention to facts, figures, rules or situations although that can be a big part of it. Mindful, alert, conscious, awake….all of those words are how I experienced aware, never joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely! Now I am coming to understand it can be so much more! According to the dictionary aware is “knowing that something exists because you notice it or realize that it is happening”. I want to notice joy, and happiness, and compassion, and wonderful color, and amazing people and the list goes on and on. I was never taught how to be aware of the things in life I wanted to be aware of. I am learning that choosing what I want to be aware of (NOT what others think I should be aware of) can change me …change my life! I want to be aware of the magic, the secrets, the incredible gifts and the mysteries of my life!
"Shine" Jason Mraz