Building Catholic Character in Students: Develop your Power of Observation

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The Catholic Book of Character and Success: Chapter Notes

Chapter Sixteen: Develop your power of Observation.

  • Each person sees the same things in their own unique way: all of us see things differently in fact.
  • There is a great difference between seeing and observing.
  • The things we see merely pass before our eyes whilst the things we observe are mentally noted, understood and stored in our memories.
  • God has endowed us with varying degrees of observation.
  • Some of us are heedless and make little note of what we see, whilst others are quite naturally adept in their powers of observation.
  • No matter what ability you hold, we all should develop our observation skills to the highest level possible.
  • We all to all certain degree are selective in our observation.
  • It is important professionally to hone your skills of observation, often at the expense of the peripheral details, in such a way that focuses all of your attention on the material in front of you, to be successful.
  • Thus doctors, lawyers, journalists, detectives, will all focus on certain elements which are important to success in their field, but which might be completely different from other occupations.
  • No matter what field you find yourself in, you must, like everything else work diligently and with endeavour to deserve success: you must train yourself constantly to succeed in more than you are capable of now.
  • Even those who possess very little in way of natural ability can appear and really merit the tag of an expert, solely by consistent self-discipline and effort.
  • In the realm of observation, it is a good idea, to take up some pastime or amusement that requires exercising your observation skills.
  • For example, the natural sciences such as botany or the study of insects, cultivates observational powers to a great degree due to the noting of minute differences in classifying variations.
  • The same practice works in descriptive writing for example: keeping a notebook to hand, allows one to note varying features of people and places one comes across, which can be transferred into writing.
  • Furthermore, associating with those who hold observational skills to the highest degree, certainly aids cultivation in the same skill.
  • Reading books by writers who manifest high powers of observation also assists in developing the same powers: Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott, are both writers who a great story tellers with an eye for detail.
  • It is interesting and pleasant to develop these powers of observation.
  • In doing so, greater avenues of service and usefulness will open up for those who accept this challenge and it remains true that a man’s use and helpfulness is aligned with his proportion of knowledge held: much of that is down to his fruits of observation.

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