The value of attention

The value of attentiveness varies in proportion to its object. You’re better off not giving the small things more time than they deserve.

Meditations 4:32.

All the more reason to throw stuff out. Less physical crap around you? Less trivial crap to draw attention away from important stuff. This is the spiritual meaning of minimalism: to guard against draining your attention away from important things.

All the more reason to say “no” to activities. (Especially work. Gotta say no to most of the offers to hire me–regardless of the money involved.)

All the more reason to be careful about the people who are close to you. Trivial people with significant demands for attention? If you see this happening, cut them off.

Time and attention. These are my only possessions. What will I do with them today?