The best gift: Your attention

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I’m heading out today on a weekend getaway with my wife and daughters, trapped in the car for several hours together.

This will be a good time to practice giving my complete attention to the people I love most.

The aim is to turn off my mental autopilot that is great at creating the illusion that I’m paying attention. Our close confines will at least help eliminate many of the usual distractions.

Being genuinely present with others takes effort and practice.

When someone offers you their full attention, though, it’s a bit startling. It’s such a rare and wonderful experience and such a generous gift.

Imagine if that was what you were known for. It would be like having a kind of superpower.