It’s easy to lose yourself in a cascade of distractions. Our attention is a hard thing to keep focused. So, what happens when we lose our grip on not just our long-term goals, but the reasons we have them?
Laurel Moffatt asks you to focus on what you find easiest to ignore. There are three layers of attention according to former Google strategist, James Williams:
Spotlight – that which engages with immediate actions, like finding your socks
Starlight – the layer of attention we give to longer-term goals, like getting a degree
Daylight – the attention that enables a person to know why we have our long-term goals in the first place.
Laurel talks about what happens when we lose our ‘daylight’, that which helps us see all of our surroundings, ourselves, and our place in the world.
Download a transcript of this episode here
- Here’s a link to T.S. Eliot’s The Four Quartets, and lots more information about the author.
- If you’d like to read more on our diminished ability to pay attention, try Johann Hari’s Stolen Focus.
- The next time you’re in Santa Fe, check out the Georgia O’Keefe Museum.
- And here’s a verse in the Bible to Jesus as daylight.
What is Small Wonders?
The clarity the desert brings. Hurricanes and hard relationships. Finding reason in the middle of a ruin. Small Wonders are quiet but profound observations about life from Dr Laurel Moffatt. In each fifteen-minute episode, Laurel uncovers lessons learned from broken and beautiful things that are polished to perfection and set in rich audio landscapes for your consideration.