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Saturday, February 10, 2024

The quality of your life depends quite a bit on the quality of attention you project out onto the world.

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David Brooks

David Brooks is a professor, author, and longtime columnist for “The New York Times.” In his 2023 book, “How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen,” Brooks describes how we might heal as a society by learning how to fully recognize the sacred humanity in those around us. He coined the term “illuminator” to describe the kind of person who knows instinctively how to help others feel fully seen and known. In this quote, he reminds us that making these efforts to pay attention to our surroundings and our fellow humans will enhance not only the lives of others, but our own life as well. After all, attention is a form of love.

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