Pay YOURSELF First with Your Attention

February 29, 2016

We’re bombarded with the latest Internet meme, Facebook, emails, prime time television and the latest scandal depicted on the magazine covers at the checkout counter. You might want to be more mindful about what you’re paying for--in the form of attention. As in "paying attention."

Because there's a cost when you "pay" attention. But don't look for a bill in the mail, because paying attention is different. Instead, we often end up paying in less direct ways with cynicism, doubt, mistrust, fear or hopelessness.

Costly indeed.

Which is why you’d want to be especially careful about what it is you pay with your attention. Ask yourself is it true? Is it noble? Is it right? Is it pure? Lovely? Admirable? Excellent? Praiseworthy?’

The previous excerpt is from “Monday Morning Motivation” by William Esteb of Patient Media, Inc. (for more info visit

Although Dr Esteb is talking about the karmic cost of taking temporary pleasure in witnessing the fall of an arrogant public hero, he also causes me to ponder the cost of NOT paying yourself, your needs, and your life with your attention…aren’t those the truest, noblest, most right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy causes of all?

Even if you only care enough about yourself to wonder who will take care of your loved ones if something happens to you, that’s still a GREAT reason to PAY YOURSELF FIRST… the needs of those you love will easily just come along for the ride!

And remember that in the end no one ever wishes they’d spent more time on Facebook!

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