Are You Paying Attention?

I can think of a handful of people I have met in my life who I just knew were important. I met them and I felt something– like static shock from the carpet, like a pink sky in the early morning– an unmistakeable pang of feeling. Of something out of the ordinary. It wasn’t love at first sight, but it was a kind of knowing at first sight.

It isn’t just people, but places, stretches of time.

I can think of moments that struck me down to my knees. That shook me to my core. The first time I felt small– standing under a full moon in snowy mountains, just me and my long shadow. The first time I knew, without a doubt, what my next move was. The moments I simply trusted, and surrendered to a feeling of guidance.

And maybe this is science or God, or both, or that they are the same thing in the first place, but it’d be hard to believe that our brains are wired this way without reason.

I am sure you have experienced this– knowing that these places and people in time were important; knowing that they were a part of your path for a reason. That your meeting was not a coincidence or a mistake, or something to brush off or call accidental.

You won’t always be right. We are really good at misplacing reason, or giving fate a name it didn’t ask for. Sometimes we just need to learn a lesson, and that’s it. It is always just fine to be wrong, especially in the name of vulnerability and risk.

The main point is this. When you feel a spark of importance– the curious pull of significance and meaning as it relates to relationships or milestones– listen hard. Follow it. There is never any promise that you’ll be right when you assume anything, and indeed logic might get a say, but magic does not happen on accident.

This is about guidance. It’s about putting your ear to the ground and paying attention. It’s about trust in your path.

It’s in the excitement you feel when someone you admire says hello. It’s the tornado of glitter that starts up in your soul when you hear of a new job opportunity. It’s trying to justify an idea when all you really want to say is, it just feels right. Simple things, maybe, but these are signs even a cynic can admit to seeing.

We have to train our ears to hear the right music. We have to get on a level of humility where we can pay the most attention to what is working, and what is not. There isn’t a guide built by logic or reason, it’s just about working off of a hunch– off something we can’t see– and trusting that it’s there.

Ultimately, it is on us to listen. Are you paying attention?

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  • Reply
    Bry Penney
    January 16, 2017 at 1:17 am

    I completely agree with this There are certainly just those moments that guide you and we have to find stillness long enough to notice them. Look up from the phone, stare at the view, engage with the stranger. Love your writing and happy spirit! X

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    Jessie Squires
    January 17, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Spark of importance – I love that phrase. I am not a religious person, I believe in a higher power that connects humanity, but not God in the traditional sense. I find it hard sometimes to put into words what people who are religious would call a “miracle” or “God’s work”. You spoke to that beautifully, so thank you 🙂

    • Erin Sullivan
      Erin Sullivan
      January 18, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Hey Jessie! Thanks so much. I rarely talk about my religious beliefs on here because I want to leave room for interpretation. What you took from this piece was exactly where I meant to go with it– so happy it came through!

  • Reply
    January 22, 2017 at 7:14 am

    I hope so.

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