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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Taking a moment to notice

  • From a few pews ahead, I noticed a young girl trying with all her might to catch the eye of someone near her. She bent down to pick something up out of her pew, held it close to her face, then she held up a picture she’d made, each time looking back to see if that special someone was looking. She continued her e...
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  • From a few pews ahead, I noticed a young girl trying with all her might to catch the eye of someone near her. She bent down to pick something up out of her pew, held it close to her face, then she held up a picture she’d made, each time looking back to see if that special someone was looking. She continued her effort, until at last, thank goodness, the person made eye contact with her! Whoa was that little girl as happy as can be!
    There is nothing better than when someone notices you or something you do. For children, it seems to be simply the act of someone paying attention that is important. For adults, perhaps a thank you or the opportunity to talk to another about something they’ve learned, that feels good. I appreciate the definition of notice: respectful attention or consideration. When we pay attention to what is important to another, it is not only respectful, but it offers a sense of calm satisfaction for all involved!
    When the kids and I go to the pool, they love to “show what they know.” Jumping off the diving board, doing a summersault under water, holding their breath, or touching the bottom ~ the talents are numerous! They are so proud of what they can do and love for someone to be noticing. It’s not just my children, and it doesn’t have to be mom or a relative that notices necessarily. Just someone recognizing, makes it more fun! As we were swimming, a girl I met last week asked if I would watch her jump off the diving board. “Absolutely!” I said. Following behind her, another girl tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I would watch her too. “Sure!” I didn’t know her and I don’t think she knew me, but it didn’t matter. I thought perhaps she thought I was the ‘watcher’ on duty that day, and she was just following the girl ahead of her. Regardless, watching was an easy job! All it required was eye contact, and a cheer or thumbs-up! To see the thrill on their faces when they popped up out of the water and made eye-contact with the ‘watcher’~ was priceless~ I’ll take that job any day! 
    One of our basic needs in life is to feel loved and wanted. When we receive positive reinforcement in the form of attention, we begin to fulfill this need and feel valued as an individual. Take time, today, to notice someone or something they do!
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