Today’s Word: pay attention

November 27, 2017     =========

☆  pay attention 気に留める


If you pay attention to someone, you watch them, listen to them, or take notice of them. In the Q&A this month, the question is “What do you do when someone criticizes you?” and the first answer is, “I pay attention, it might be insightful.” Do you think this is good advice? If someone is criticizing you, are you likely to pay attention or ignore it?

In fact, we have another quote this week, similar to some of the ideas we have already covered, this time by Mozart, “I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame.” If you “pay no attention” it means that you think that thing or person is not important. So, again, we have the idea that both praise and criticism are unimportant. What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with this idea?

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