Katy was telling me about a dream she had, which, btw, she thought it was totally about someone else, when Debbie and I both knew it was about her 2 seconds in. As she recounted it, she said once she really paid attention she could see how it was really about her. That "paid attention" caught my attention and my awareness theme continues ;-)
I started remembering all the times we're told to be aware - "keep your eye on the ball", "watch where you're going", "stay focused". Even during a horse riding lesson with Trisha, she instructed me to "look where you want to go" and the horse will go there.
"Look where you want to go" - it sounds like an easy enough principal to follow. Of course there are many distractions in a given day. Some feel positive - "ooh, shiny" and some not so much "did they just insinuate I'm not being helpful?". I think the key is to try not to get overwhelmed or caught up in the peripheral distractions, especially the less than positive ones. They're like billboards. Granted, you should give them the appropriate amount of attention they deserve but then continue on your way. Maybe one will entice you to change direction or stop for lunch but for the most part the amount of time and energy you spend pulled over, stopped and pondering and churning and replaying and re-examining, is time and energy you could be using to get to your next stop, plan where you want to go next, refuel, read a good book, make a small child laugh, tell your sisters how much you love and appreciate them, encourage someone else to stay on their current path or find and enjoy an awesome piece of chocolate cake.