Be More Concerned With Being Interested

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The line for this week is...

"Be More Concerned With Being Interested Than Being Interesting."

I myself think this is a pretty interesting thought for many reasons.

How many times have you seen people who want and almost need to be the center of attention?

How many times have you seen people especially in society today who do something just because it will make them look better or it will be something they can put out on social media to impress others or make themselves look better?

How often do you see people who are so caught up in themselves that they can't even see let alone notice anything else that's going on around them?

These are just a few of the thoughts that I think about when I read this line.

Why do you think so many people today strive for attention? or do things to put on an appearance? or get so wrapped up in themselves they can't even see anything else happening around them?

I think part of that problem is because a vast majority of people in our society today believe it's all about them and nothing else really matters.

Is it all about "You"?

Are you all that matters in the world today?

Are your feelings and emotions all that matter?

Some people would say "Yes" it is.

But is that a fact?

Or is that just their opinion or their perspective?

What happens when you step outside of yourself and start looking around at the world around you...

  • Do you notice how big the world really is and how small you really are?
  • Do you notice that people around you are struggling?
  • Do you notice that people around you have some major problems?
  • Do you notice that maybe the world isn't this rose-colored place you want it to be? or maybe just the opposite that maybe this world isn't as dark as you make it out to be?
  • Do you notice that no one else really cares about your feelings?
  • Do you notice other people aren't really even thinking about you for the most part because they are so wrapped up in their own things that they don't have time to even think about you?
  • Do you notice that most people really don't care if you succeed or not in life?
  • Do you notice that your emotions and how you respond to things are your problem, not anyone else's? 

Therein lies the difference between being "interesting" and being "interested" my friends.

Being "Interesting" is all about "You" and you alone.

Being "Interested" is all about "You" yearning to learn and know about other people and things in and around your life.

Is it hard to be "Interesting" in life?

No, I don't think so. 

I think everyone was made different so we are all interesting in our own way and in our own right.


To truly be "interested" in other people and other things around us is truly something you have to build and want to do.  I don't think it comes naturally for many people. So it's something you have to want and learn to do.

So how can you learn to be "interested"?

Here are a few thoughts I have on some things you can do to help you be more interested...

  • Next time you're standing next to that stranger in line somewhere just say "Hi, how are you doing today" and start up a little conversation.
  • Instead of always running through life from one thing to the next purposefully put breaks throughout your day where you can sit back and ponder things and just take in your surroundings.
  • Take a walk and just look around.  No headphones or music. Just walk and look around.
  • Sit down and talk (and I don't mean like serious conversations, I mean like talking about just something fun and light-hearted) or play a game with your family or friends.
  • Go do a service project with your family and friends, or even by yourself.
  • When your family or friends are going through things be there for them. Even if it's just to "listen" you'd be surprised how much that could mean to them.
  • Get to know details about people who are your family and friends. Be "interested" in them and their life.
  • Read a biography and learn the details of someone else's life.
  • Ask your family or friends what they are doing or what they are interested in learning and then do that thing with them or tell them you'd like to learn that with them.

The list my friends can go on and on but I hope by my few examples I've given above you get what I'm trying to say.

It doesn't have to be hard and it doesn't have to be big or huge to make an impact on someone's life.

So to wrap this up all nice and neat for you my friends before you finish reading this...

"Strive to be more "Interested" and a little less "Interesting" in your own life and see what kind of impact that will have on you and the people around you." 

Do me a favor before you go...

Leave me a comment and let me know what you're going to do this week to be more "Interested" in your life.

*Also if this post has brought you any value and you know of someone else who could get some value from this information please feel free to share it with them. 

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