Whenever we go into a public restaurant, my husband is going to sit down in a position where he can see what is going on in the restaurant, and he is going to be paying close attention to the people and the events happening the whole time we are there. I, on the other hand tend to have tunnel vision and to be oblivious to most of what is going on in my surroundings. This is not safe, as my husband is quick to remind me on an almost daily basis. “You need to pay attention”, he says……”always”. This is good advice in terms of our physical safety, but it is also good advice in terms of our spiritual well being too. We should strive to be ALERT vs Unaware.
1. Vigilantly attentive; watchful: alert to danger.
2. Mentally responsive and perceptive; quick.
3. Brisk or lively in action
Antonyms for Alertness: unwatchful, unvigilant, unalert, sleepy, sluggish, somnolent, dull, inactive