Pay attention!

By Caitlin Kelly

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They’re asleep, encased in glass and plastic — don’t be like them in the real world!

Whether your children or grand-children or sweetie or spouse. They want, need and deserve your undivided focus.

Whether to the current Presidential campaign, (if you live in the U.S. and are able to vote, certainly.)

Whether to the people around you on the road as you drive — no texting!

Whether as you walk around your city or town, playing Pokemon Go or reading something on your phone, forcing everyone else to dodge you.

Whether you leave your grocery cart sprawled in the middle of a parking lot because…be considerate.

Whether you yammer away in a public, shared space on your cellphone reallyloudly, Face-timing or speaking to someone.

Whether — as someone did yesterday in our small, congenial town several times — you open a cafe door into a cool, air-conditioned space — carelessly leaving the door wide open to the 90-degree-plus air outside, as you enter and exit.

Utterly oblivious to the needs of those around you.

We share the world with others.

Please pay attention to them as well.

 

13 thoughts on “Pay attention!

  1. Certainly no texting when driving! In the UK, any mobile phone use while driving is illegal. That doesn’t stop people from doing it though — I see people on a regular basis when I’m commuting to work. So dangerous!

    I agree that being mindful of others, regardless of the situation, is important. 🙂

    1. It is now “normal” — and really infuriating — (as I drive everywhere in the suburbs) — that almost every red light turning green means we’re waiting while someone keeps texting or talking on their phone, both of which are also illegal here — and no one cares.

      I live in real fear of having a car accident (given our reliance on cars now) thanks to someone like this.

      1. Driving can be scary! I had a near miss a few days ago when a woman pulled out of a junction without looking, right in front of me. I slammed on my brakes and beeped the horn like crazy, but I was shaking for about 10 minutes afterwards.

  2. i have noticed this over and over. people completely unaware of what is going on around them, with no apparent concern for the humans or spaces they cross paths with.

    1. I really despair…in the most profound way.

      Some of the poor manners are annoying…some of it life-threatening to themselves and others. I also wonder if this is also cultural (i.e. Americans’ rampant individualism?) Do you see anything different in Ireland?

      LOVE your holiday posts. Swoon. 🙂

      1. i see it more in the states, though i have seen it somewhat here. mostly tourists from unknown origins though. i am always amazed when someone is standing directly in front of a stunning historical piece or 300 year old tree, checking their phone, while others wait to take a picture. no awareness at all. thanks for enjoying them. last night here tonight, and i will truly miss it, though i always love coming home.

      2. ooohhhh….I have so enjoyed your images and adventures there. I cry like a baby when I leave Ireland (and that’s a very rare thing for me to do anywhere.)

        Hope that this trip was everything you wanted, Beth. 🙂

  3. Amen and hallelujah. We have become so self important that our own affairs seem urgent and “worthy” of precedence over others–but that is a mirage I don’t want to buy into in the least.

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