Focus. Present. Intentional.
All words that have been on my heart lately. When I saw that focus was the word for Five Minute Friday, a weekly 5 minute writing challenge I’ve considered joining weekly for far too long, I felt the gentle push to take the plunge.
It’s so easy for my brain to all blend together. It’s common for me to be thinking about a wide variety of things at any given moment and multitasking far more than I should be. Have you heard the expression “Men’s minds are like waffles and women are like spaghetti”? It means that men can compartmentalize things and move from one subject to the next with little thought of the other things and in the minds of women everything is connected. If there was an off switch for my brain that I could purchase, I would do it.
It’s been heavy on my heart lately to just focus on the things in front of me. It’s easy for me when working from home to get easy sidetracked into emailing this person or respond to that about business things because the kids are content for the moment. After all, the more I do now the less I’ll do later, right? But instead it just makes me feel heavy and like I’m always “on”. It’s easy for me to pop onto social media channels or refresh emails to make sure that I’m not missing something. Yet, the good stuff – the life happening right in front of me, feels like I’m just brushing through it when really I want to be zoning in on it. In the insta-social world we live in, it’s so easy to get drawn in to pretty pictures and other people’s lives. I’m limiting my social media time. I’m setting new work boundaries. I’m going to focus on the here and the now and savor the goodness that is living right in front of me because you know what? The rest..it can wait.
“Wherever you are be all there” – Jim Elliot