Attention To Detail

I work in an investigative environment. My job invokes asking lots of questions and finding stuff out. I analyse, assess and dissect. In forensic, minute detail. To miss a tiny piece of information can have serious repercussions. It is fascinating, but painstaking, work. But I’ve been doing it for seventeen years now so I guess I’ve picked up a bit of expertise along the way. 

I’ve been told I have a gift for drawing learning and teaching out of the Bible. I enjoy researching and studying it from different angles and presenting well known stories and passages from new and different perspectives. I’ve been fortunate enough also to have been given the opportunity to share my thoughts at house groups, youth cells and in church itself.

The same applies to any challenge I tackle. I am currently training for my seventh marathon and am sticking rigidly to a training plan. I do exactly what is required of me every day. The same applies to my writing. I blog every day and have started on the strucure for my first novel. My investigative background has been of great benefit to me. I’m determined and recognise that attention to detail is essential in order to reach my targets.


Yes, if you asked anyone who knew me they would probably place attention to detail near the top of my skills set. I wish the same could be said for my home life. You see, I have so much junk whirling about my head that I often neglect those I love the most who are right in front of my eyes. The kids ask me questions and I am miles away, thinking about something else. I am oblivious to basic household chores that require attention.

I would walk through a darkened room without the metaphorical light bulb in my head telling me that the literal one above my head needs replaced. The time went back last weekend and there are still clocks in the house that need adjusted. The list goes on. I am a nightmare and drive Fionnuala nuts; too busy brooding over my past and daydreaming about my future to focus on what really matters – the present, the here and now screaming in my face.

I am flawed and frustrating. I know that. I am a work in progress. I know that also. I want to become a better person and make up for decades of lost time. But I guess I need to learn to walk before I start running. Today I was going to write about the blog reaching 2000 followers but God has a way of bringing us back down to earth with a resounding thud. Yes, we can reach for Heaven. But only if we keep our feet well and truly on the ground. 

Pay attention to your loved ones. Never take them for granted. Or one day they might stop paying attention to you.

What is your biggest flaw?

Do you pay attention to your loved ones? Or is it an area of your life where you can improve?

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  1. My biggest flaw-procrastination.
    I commend you on your journey and transparency. Others relate to “reality” not the fake “reality shows”. We all struggle but I love hearing your conquests and victories because they give hope!! Though miles away I feel the spiritual connection through Christ. I admire you, Fionnuala, and your brave quest as well. PS- I envision you as incredibly beautiful (perhaps it is your inner self)

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  2. My biggest flaw is that I have very little, if any, confidence in myself. I’ve been told time and time again that I need to work on that and I try so hard but keep coming up with nothing. It’s actually quite frustrating. I want to have more confidence in myself but Satan knows it’s my weakness and does his ever best to keep me down.
    I think I pay attention to my loved ones. I probably could do better though.

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  3. I love this. I think many people, especially from the corporate world, can relate. My biggest flaw is that I’m not very emotional and I can write about feelings beautifully but, I cannot articulate them. I am working on this. My loved ones find me too cold, I want them to know how much I truly care. Work in progress ☺️

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  4. Hmm. I think my lack of self worth probably features quite highly…it can result in me needing a lot of affirmation from others (and still not believing them). I think that can be challenging on relationships.

    I’m also a very open/authentic person. I’m not sure if this is a flaw or not. Some people are encouraging me to be more closed, but I’m not sure. I quite like my authenticity about the good and the bad!

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  5. Wow, I love this so much! I used to think my biggest flaw was how emotional I am, but then I realize how beautiful they are and how they bring me closer to God. It’s a paradox (and something to further explore through writing hahaha) how God created us with flaws but we are flawless to him.

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  6. I felt ignored as a child, so I swore to myself I would stop what I was doing and listen to my children. I did my best to do that when I had 2 daughters.

    My biggest flaw? Letting my emotions rule me. It is what I am working on with God right now.

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  7. I know what you mean about being so detailed that you can’t see the forest through the trees! 🙂 I think perfection is my greatest flaw and nemesis… I expect it from myself and wish it on others. I often run late because I have to be sure things are “perfect” before I go. It’s equally difficult for me to leave in the middle of a project.

    Although, I’d say I’m pretty good at paying attention to loved ones. I reach out to them often before they message or call me – friends and family alike – even if I give ample time, I’m usually the first to “check-in.”

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