Alertness (vs. Carelessness)
Being aware of what is taking place around me so I can have the right responses
To practice Alertness I will:
- Keep my eyes and ears open
- Recognize and heed warning signals
- Choose to do right before I’m tempted
- Tell others of danger
- Stay away from unsafe places
So often, we go through the day on autopilot, doing those things we habitually do every day and reacting to those things that are variable events. Picture a small boat being gently tossed around in the waves. Alertness requires us to live deliberately, to be looking for that next wave so that we can hit it head on, to put up the sail and harness the wind for our advantage. How often do we fail to recognize signs of the wind shifting and are unable to react appropriately, especially if it is because we put off doing something important?
This month, practice Alertness, by choosing something that you procrastinate doing and hitting it head on.
“Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change. ” – Stephen Covey