Give Thanks for focus.

27 Jul

Give Thanks for focus.

I’ve just returned from the eye doctor’s office.  Pupils as big as pennies, I can’t see a thing.  That’s not bad because the bill is better left out of focus for now.  Do you know that chemo really messes up one’s eyesight?  I didn’t, until I experienced it.  Often the blurring is temporary so waiting one year before getting new prescriptions is recommended.  Oops, my last chemo was Sept. 3rd, 2010 so I jumped the gun a bit.  My bad.

This post isn’t about eyesight.  It’s about focus and how the lack of mental focus can make us unhappy, depressed, or feeling overwhelmed and detached.  Do you get grumpy after holidays?  How about vacations or just after you’ve finished a good book?  Blue moods can happen even though these events have (hopefully) created some nice lasting memories and given some rest.  Feeling let down isn’t all about returning to our routine & work, it’s often about making a transition to the next thing and probably not knowing what that is.

Being focused on an event or project sets a priority and our mind relaxes it’s grip on many of the other issues that need attention.  This allows us to feel that we are doing what we are “supposed” to do.  When focused we put blinders on and gether-done!  We are engaged and living a purposeful life.  Upon completion, our focus is gone and we’re left floundering for awhile.  We’re back to making decisions and picking priorities from the screaming 4 page to-do list.  We are bombarded by competing tasks and our mind tries to work on them all.  This is not possible (more on that later).  The result is often anxiety or depression from feeling overwhelmed and untethered.

Even simple daily transitions like moving from work to home can cause a slump in energy and emotions.  It can even cause anxiety.  Sure we’re happy to be home but there are many things to do (or worse, seemingly nothing to do) which requires making decisions & priorities – ugh!  But, if we walk in the door knowing exactly what you’re fixing for dinner, who is responsible for helping the kids with homework and when we will take our personal time, these planned transitions will keep us out of the mental doldrums.   We’ll feel engaged, successful and happier.

Give Thanks for the benefits of being focused.

Happy Transitions and Good Focus to you.

Sonja

PS  Our mind can only focus on one thing at a time.  When it “multi-tasks” it is rapidly switching focus back and forth between tasks.  One task at a time gives clarity, presence and peace of mind.  Try it.

2 Responses to “Give Thanks for focus.”

  1. David July 28, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    Thanks for getting focused back on your blog … I was missing it!

    David

    • Sonja Knaisch August 9, 2011 at 3:05 am #

      You miss it because it’s mostly about you. lol

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