Pay Attention To What You Pay Attention To

Fill Your Joy Jar!

Jenny Lane
16 min readOct 8, 2022


"The Lightness of our Joy jar” Photo and Artwork created by © Jenny Lane and Aiartist via Dream

When you awaken every morning, you start with a limited amount of energy. Right? Of course, we all know this one on a biological and intellectual level.

We know that we need to eat, gives us fuel. We know that we need to sleep, rejuvenates our bodies, and helps us filter out information from the day before that isn’t pertinent to the day today.

Yet, are you paying attention to what you’re paying attention to?

Okay, Jenny so why are you writing about something we all know about? I know I need to eat. I know I need to sleep. I know I need to be watered. It’s more than just this.

You’re not a robot, even if your job expects you to be! And you’re not a plant. Plants must rest right? And robots need to be plugged in!

But life is far more than eating sleeping and watering ourselves.

As mattered humans, biologically, we have a limited amount of energy before we need a recharge. But it’s way beyond the mattered energy we get from mattered things.

So we must tend to energy lifters first. Mattered and non-mattered.

Feel like shit? Have you watered yourself yet today?

Go grab some water.

Did you go to bed way too late last night and wake up way too early?

Well, my friend then take a nap. Go the fuck nap. You’ll feel like less shit.

Are you being a crabby clam?

Well it’s time for a piece of fruit or a piece of bread, your blood sugar is low and a lot of times it turns people into crabby asshole clams. Be a happy clam!

Clams must have assholes right?

All the things I don’t know!

So when I say pay attention to what you pay attention — to this is about awareness.

Be aware.

It seems real easy right? I know what I’m paying attention to, Jenny! But do you really?

I know that when I’m driving in my car, I’m driving to the library.



Jenny Lane

An overthinking human who writes to make room in her mind and peace in our hearts. Art and words are my love letters to the world.