Okay so you may be wondering, what is southern common sense? What makes it southern? Well to be quite honest, it is the only way I can describe it. I am a born and raised country Texas country girl. When I was little, I preferred to be outside and barefoot than any where else. My brother and I were/are best-friends, and we build forts outside in the pasture. We set up our own make-shift “security systems” that let us know if the cows were coming into our fort. (This was actually a bunch of glass bottles we found in the junk pile tied with bailing twine along the tree line about 3 foot of the ground.) So needless to say, Tom-Boy and proud of it.
Out of all the things I remember from my youth, it would have to be two resounding words my Daddy preached to me like scripture. I did not realize at the time how invaluable those words would be and how they would help me through every step of my life. Those words were: Pay Attention.
Ya’ll are probably thinking, okay pay attention, what is so great about that. Well I’ll let you know. When I was little, and my Brother, Daddy and I were walking across the pasture or really outside anywhere, my Daddy would always tell us, “Pay Attention” and that was our cue to keep an eye out for snakes, where we were stepping (mostly manure patties were littered everywhere), and what was going on around us. Every single time we were doing something with my Daddy, pay attention was brought into the mix. So needless to say, it was ingrained into my memory as well as my every day actions.
When I was in high school and college, this awareness helped me more than you can imagine. I was really good about reading situations and people because I, wait for it, payed attention. I wasn’t glued to my phone or social media accounts. I saw the forest for the trees.
Now that I am a full time career woman, wife, step-mom, grad-student, and homemaker, I find those two simple words constantly appearing in everyday situations. Those two words keep me sharp and aware. It is so easy now-a-days for me to get distracted, but I maintain my focus by remembering what Daddy always preached to me, and I sometimes get to jokingly preach back to him today.
So in all aspects of life, Pay Attention, because you never know what you might see or learn. Life is too short to let our eyes fall to the pavement.