notice what you notice

Some people are like slushies.

Others are like nachos.

I share this after having noticed that the place I exercise at sells slushies and nachos. I can also watch the Food Network while I'm on the treadmill, trying to burn off calories.

I have yet to order a slushie or tray of nachos, though. And I don't think I'll be getting my chestnut roasting pan out anytime soon. I've chosen instead to notice something else - my progress and my goals, for starters. I go into that place with my app ready and a plan in place to focus my energy for the 15 to 60 minutes I'm there.

Notice what you notice.

Do you want to hold a grudge today?

Of course you don't want to... and yet...

Notice what you notice.

Does the idea of thinking of someone and feeling toxic vomit in your throat sound appealing?

Of course it doesn't...and yet...

Notice what you notice.

Are you looking for harsh words, gossip and criticism of how someone let you down be what your known for today?

Of course you aren't... and yet...

Notice what you notice.

If the answer is genuinely "no" to all of these, then you must choose to no longer keep a list. Maybe people are only slushies if you see them that way, while others don't have to be nachos if you set the tray down.

Want good relational health?

Some of the things you think keep adding up actually require you to do some subtracting.

Notice what you notice.
"Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you." Proverbs 4:25