#SOLSC17: Paying Attention

Which narrative matters?

Is it the one I see?

Did you see Melanie Meehan’s March 9th #SOL post? It has a video from the parents of Sandy Hook. Please go watch it here and then come back.

Life consists of layers.

There’s what is happening on the surface.

You might only see what happens as a reaction to surface actions.

Your neck may hurt because you are constantly swiveling to take in as much information as possible.

Yet, do we OVER focus on what is probably not what it seems?

Not what it means?

Not the “REAL” action?

Not the “REAL” story?

It’s all about perspective.

What do you see?

perspective one

It depends.

What do you see?


Perspective can be tricky.

Life is scary.

One second of inattention can be life changing.

Especially while driving down the road.

It might be you.

It might be another driver.

Life happens.

Change happens.

How do you stay “in the moment”? 

How do you pay attention to “the REAL story”?

How do you focus on living life?

slice of life

Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum and the #SOLSC that runs from March 1 to the 31st. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. 


early morning slicer


26 responses

  1. Fran, you really know how to cut to the heart of an idea so beautifully and powerfully. I want to save this post and share with some colleagues who would appreciate it as much as I do. Thanks for being such an insightful and positive person in my PLN. I treasure that! (and THAT is REAL!)

    1. Paula,
      Thank you so much! It seems like sometimes “less is more” . . . That video has just haunted me for several days. My brain had to figure out how to use it!

  2. That video is still with me — I did not need to watch it again. So often, I think about a person’s story – the story I don’t know. I think staying in the moment is so difficult today. There are so many distractions and ways to pull you away from where you are right now. Your insights and questions are so important. We all need to slow down, notice and connect.

    1. Clare,
      Maybe being aware of a person ‘s story is the beginning point. And you are so right that “there are so many distractions”. Slowing down will be a key action.

  3. I will watch the video again. Your words of wisdom ring true, Fran. It is important to be in the moment for our friends, family, and students. Living is so fast anyway – every chance we get to slow things down – we should take them! Breathe in and out, carefully observe all that we can. Connect with others! Thank you, Fran!

    1. Lynne,
      I love the “breathe in and out” advice! Slowing down should be a goal.

  4. “…to PAY ATTENTION a little differently, to NOTICE a little more, to WIDEN OUR INTAKE.”

    When it comes to the televised events of December 14, 2012, we would ALL do well to heed Melanie Meehan’s advice. For real.

  5. This is powerful and eye opening. I sometimes wonder if subconsciously we don’t see what is in front of us because we don’t want to believe what we are seeing or are afraid of what we are seeing. Either way, not a good reason to dismiss what is happening and not do something.

    1. I think there is that “blindness” where we don’t see. But I also think that’s just another reason why we HAVE to talk to each other MORE!

  6. Thanks for the reminder. I will definitely be more observant. I work in a school library. 🙂

    1. Lisa,
      It’s so complicated! Our students need to make decisions. But not within a vacuum . . . such a fine line!

      1. I hear you, Fran. I believe it all starts with isolation. We need to watch the kids who seem to be isolated and engage with them in some way. It’s hard to spot, though.

  7. Wise post, my friend – that video is just gut wrenching.

    1. Tara,
      To be ever vigilant is critical – such a balance needed in order to not be “helicoptering” around! ❤

  8. Such wise and important reflections, Fran. Thanks for keeping the conversation going.

    1. Glad that you started it, Melanie!

  9. Fran. This one spoke to me. I saw that video a few months back, and it stays with me. I couldn’t even watch it today, because I knew what it would do to me, and I can’t handle it today. This post is so very important. Thanks for putting it into words, and visuals, and media.

    1. For me, the key is to NOT ignore but to be more thoughtful, reflective and just a better listener!

  10. Thank you for such a profound post. Not only is it important and relevant, but necessary!

    1. You are welcome, Liz! so much to pay attention to!

  11. Wow, Fran. I remember this video when it was first posted. Thank you for the reminder to stay present and pay attention to all the little things. My students’ stories, my daughter’s story, my husband’s story, other peoples’ stories. Those are the ones I need to make sure I listen to.

    1. Lorie,
      My take away is just to remember to listen . . . the stories are there . . . and I need to NOT rush through them!

  12. I had not seen this video before. It is powerful, disturbing, haunting. Your post asks important questions. Thank you.

  13. Your post and the video produced by Sandy Hook parents prompt much thought and self-reflection. What do we pay attention to in this world that is unpredictable and sometimes scary? I try to focus on the good. I try to connect with people and through those connections maybe I can make a difference.

  14. This post is quite powerful…it deserves some thoughtful contemplation for sure. Thank you for sharing.

  15. So often looking at something from a different perspective shifts our thinking. We can never truly walk a mile in someone else’s shoes and perhaps we don’t need to – as long as we are considering what it might be like if we did.

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