The Trouble With Not Noticing Leads To Trouble - Grasshopper
Not noticing is one of the largest causes of self-imposed misery.
I was out walking this morning and I pondered the question, ďWhat is my biggest mistake?Ē I was about to review all the colossal blunders Iíve made during my lifetime and pick a winner when suddenly THE GRASSHOPPER interrupted and said, ďNot noticing is your biggest mistake.Ē
It made immediate sense.
Not noticing is willful blindness. All is there for us to see, but we just donít pay attention. We coast through life on automatic pilot and have predictable problems sneak up on us time and again, and we just donít notice.
Look back on just about anything that didnít work in your favor and you can see, via hindsight, the building blocks of your avoidable misfortune. They were lined up like airplanes on a runway but we were too busy chatting it up in the airport snack shop.
Hindsight can lead to foresight when we notice the signs that were contributory, in the past, are now showing up again. Glancing in the rear view mirror will also let us know what we have to look forward to if we donít notice.
We are so predictable; but we donít notice. Any house thief will testify to the routines we pledge allegiance to because they spend time noticing us running them before they strike. We, like them, are experts at noticing other peopleís problems - not our own. The downside to having our attention mainly on othersí foibles is we invite in trouble by not noticing the nosy neighbor calling the cops on us.
The largest impediment to not noticing is spending most of our time in our head. Itís the telltale clue that weíre about to miss something, again. Purposely getting out of your head automatically has you notice more.
So how do we get out of our head? Notice that youíre in there.
Begin to notice how absent you are from life while traveling around in your internal world. Just a glimpse of your absence, while itís happening, makes you more present to reality.
It feeds on itself. When you notice more, you are more present and when youíre more present, you notice more.
How often have you said or heard others say, ďI should have seen it comingĒ? Itís difficult to see whatís coming at you when youíre wearing a blindfold. Anytime you spend excessive time in your head hashing things over for the umpteenth time, you are setting yourself up for another missed opportunity to notice.
Make it a mission to start noticing your penchant to escape into your head. Youíll notice two immediate benefits:
1. You become more present
2. You start to see things taking shape
Additionally, presence feels better than absence, and by noticing things beginning to form, you have an opportunity to direct where they will go rather than being blindsided yet again.
There is only so much you can learn from looking backwards. That what a lot of head tripping is Ė looking back on what we missed. The time would be much better spent noticing whatís happening now. Itís a surefire way to stay out of trouble.
All the best,
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