Writer Charles Swindoll once found himself with too many commitments in too few days.
He got nervous and tense about it. "I was snapping at my wife and our children,
choking down my food at mealtimes, and feeling irritated at those unexpected interruptions
through the day," he recalled in his book Stress Fractures. "Before long, things
around our home started reflecting the patter of my hurry-up style. It was become
"I distinctly remember after supper one evening, the words of our younger
daughter, Colleen. She wanted to tell me something important that had happened to her at
school that day. She began hurriedly, 'Daddy, I wanna tell you somethin' and I'll tell you
really fast.' "Suddenly realizing her frustration, I answered,
'Honey, you can
tell me -- and you don't have to tell me really fast. Say it slowly."
"I'll never forget her answer: 'Then listen slowly.'"
& Pieces, June 24, 1993, pp. 13-14.
Attention is like a daily bouquet of love.
Bob Keeshan, "Captain Kangaroo".
The average adult attention span is 6 minutes. That's why the Tonight Show has a
commercial break about every 6 minutes!