Do you ever feel that your clients only half listen to what you say? Do you remember what you had for dinner last night? Do you ever pull into your driveway after a long day and have to stop and think about the route you took? Do you notice when your best friend has a new haircut, new glasses or a new outfit? Many of us are so “busy” that we miss a lot. This week, I want to talk about being aware of what is happening around you.
“I just sit back and observe. You learn more that way.” Sonya Teclai
Last Wednesday, I got dressed for the day and put on my company name tag, or so I thought. I wore it all day, saw clients, stopped at the store on my way home, and went into the bank to make a deposit before coming home for the evening. As I hung up my dress, I realized that I had been wearing my husband’s name tag all day. Not a soul noticed, or if they did, they didn’t say anything. I laughed as I told my husband about impersonating him all day and that no one had noticed. I went on to say that if someone had pointed it out, I would have said that I was doing an experiment and I would be sending them a gift as a reward for their observation of my obvious error. It should be noted that my husband’s name is “Darrell,” an obviously male name not shared frequently among women. Had my nametag said, “Jordan,” or “Chris,” or a name shared with both sexes, my error would not have been so obvious.
It is easy to drift through your day and not be aware of what’s going on around you. Now, more than ever before, it is imperative that you keep your focus and know who is around you and what is happening at all times. As I sat on a jury a few years ago, I was amazed at the total recall one of the witnesses had as she retold her memories of the day her friend was murdered. She knew the time of day, the weather, the cars that were parked around her and even the fact that she had stopped and picked up a Coke on her way to her friend’s apartment. I remember laughing with other jurors as we deliberated saying, “she even remembered that she stopped for a Coke and it’s been 18 months. I can’t remember whether I ate breakfast or not this morning,” and another juror said, “you need to pay more attention to what’s happening in your life.”
As I thought about this blog earlier in the week, I googled, “How Observant Are You?” and was amazed at the articles and quizzes available on the subject. So, to prove that I do pay attention, I took the quiz. I did remarkably well and thought I would share it with you. I will put the answers at the bottom of the blog, so I don’t ruin the quiz for you.
- What color is the bottom strip of the American Flag?
- Is the word “disc” capitalized on your cd drive?.
- How long do you think the average shoestring is? This was multiple choice, with choices (in inches) being 10, 12, 45 or 72.
- Nickels are made primarily of copper and what other material?
- New Hampshire is west of Vermont. True or False.
- Without looking, the number on a standard clock directly across from the 10 is what? Children with digital clocks won’t know this answer.
- On a bag of M&Ms, is there an apostrophe between the M&M and the s?
- Which of the products on American store shelves is available in metric units? The choices were soft drinks, milk, motor oil or liquid soap.
- A scorpion has 8 legs. True or False.
- Without looking, what day of the week was it when the Trade Center was attacked on September 11, 2001? Wednesday, Thursday, Monday or Tuesday?
So, how well did you do? It was 10 random questions with pretty common sense answers.
My challenge for you this week is to work towards becoming more aware of your surroundings. Pull yourself away from your phone and out of your daydreams and watch what is happening around you. You may notice a driver drifting into your lane and avoid an accident. You may see a dog start to dart in front of you and avoid running over him. You may even notice that the person in front of you in line at the grocery is a couple of dollars short and be able to help them out instead of them having to take a few things out of their bags to bring down their total amount due. Studies show that when a robber looks for a purse to steal, he looks for a woman who is distracted. Staying focused on who is around you may help you avoid being robbed.
“I guess I’m just quite observant and I pay attention to a lot of things. Human behavior really fascinates me.” Ellie Goulding
It has been said that everyone falls into one of three categories:
- Those who make things happen
- Those who watch things happen
- Those who don’t realize anything is happening.
What category are you?
Have a blessed week!
Answers to the quiz
- Soft drinks.