MKMMA Week 18 – Attention Works – Be Careful!

The Master Key, 18-32: “The incentive of attention is interest; the greater the interest, the greater the attention; the greater the attention, the greater the interest, action and reaction; begin by paying attention; before long you will have aroused interest; this interest will attract more attention, and this attention will produce more interest, and so on.”

Hoo boy, isn’t that ever the truth!

One of the effects of this annual Auto Show project is that I get to see and be reacquainted with people I haven’t seen for a year. From the cadre of photographers – I’m one of several working on the project – the public relations people who are key to creating the social awareness of the show and all its events, to the show producers and convention center staff, we all come together from all over the country to make the event happen.

It’s difficult to effectively describe the intensity of the project to someone who hasn’t personally experienced it – everything is RIGHT NOW, half a dozen people always looking for the same things at the same time, always reacting to the ever-changing events of the moment rather than following an orderly plan (like the sudden appearance of the Vice President! This is the Washington, DC Auto Show, after all).

It is a high stress two weeks. The constant teamwork and aggravations, the intensity of emotions, rivals a group of people thrown together in some catastrophe or natural disaster.

It is a highly emotion-charged environment.

Many of the people working on the production have been together for the show as long as my 10-years there. Some are people I enjoy and look forward to seeing after a year’s absence. Some are – teachers – who remind me exactly where I am in my personal journey, and just how far I still have to go.

Those of us here in the MKMMA community have become accustomed to interacting with a group of like-minded people. Some are experiencing these concepts for the first time, others may have been exposed to and even believed we’ve studied them for a while. But we’re all discovering a new and deeper understanding and realization of who we are and what our potential is. We’re comfortable in this environment.

WE ARE NOT NORMAL!!!

This is good news and bad news. Good because we’re “super-normal”, beginning to discover and appreciate our potential and our journey through the world. Bad because when we leave this community and roam about in the “real world” we are constantly encountering those who haven’t quite come to this place yet. To put it mildly.

This applies to the auto show crew as well. Though a few are working on a higher level of awareness, if not consciously thinking in MKMMA terms and concepts, the majority are not.

Which means two weeks of constant bombardment of the “old blueprints”, those “other ideas”, in an environment filled with intense emotion. To avoid giving it attention is, put it mildly, challenging.

Ever been picked up by a tornado, spun around for two weeks and dropped unceremoniously into a tree top? If you have, consider yourself fortunate – you could be feeling like I felt at the end of the show!

Attention with intense emotion. I think we’re all familiar with that formula.

I did my best to keep up and focus on my exercises. While I rarely had time to check in to the community, and was only able to access the webinar replays and videos piecemeal in short windows of opportunity, I did manage for the most part to at least keep up with my daily readings (except for a few mid-day Ogs) despite total physical and emotional exhaustion at the end of the day.

That had an effect similar to trying to bail out the Titanic with a spoon. A soup spoon, perhaps, not a teaspoon – but still, a spoon. Things kinda got ahead of me.

It has literally taken most of this week in the aftermath to regain my pre-show equilibrium, to just get back to even. Just now am I ready to continue to move forward. I have some catching up to do, but at least the storm has passed.

Yes, the greater the attention, the greater the interest, action and reaction. And the more you try to avoid giving something attention, the more attention you give it. The formula works flawlessly – regardless of the quality of the thing or thought given attention.

Be careful out there.

 

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